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OTE BASKETBALL TRYOUTS: 3RD - 8TH GRADE (EXPERIENCED 2ND GRADERS WELCOME).
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH &
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH.
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 11TH &
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH.
SPECIFIC TIMES : SEE REGISTRATION LINK FOR TIMES.
Hello OTE Families, I hope this email finds you well and that everyone is enjoying their summer. OTE has been invited back to host a tent at the Throwback Street Festival on Milwaukee Ave. Last year provided us a great opportunity to fundraise for OTE Youth Hoops Inc, our non for profit organization for helping our athletes and coaches participate in midwest and national AAU basketball events. We look forward to our second annual opportunity this year. Not to mention how much fun it was! Throwback Fest has given us two time slots, Saturday September 10th 7pm-10pm and Sunday September 11th 6:30pm-9pm. We are looking for 8 parent volunteers to help work the tent each night. Please let us know if would like to join us for this great event by replying to this email with which time slots you are available to work. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.
A great time to be thankful for our OTE family. Once again our 8th grade boys and girls alums had incredible success at their high school tryouts. 40 out of 43 made the cut for their freshman, JV & varsity teams at 12 different high schools. OTE is proud of all of them. Go Edge!
OTE 2021 alums now playing for a high school team near you
We want to thank our OTE family for the great response to our #HoopsAtHome series (video excerpts below). When we started the series in mid-March of 2020, we were hoping for a few videos documenting the dedication of our girls and boys to improving their skills and staying sharp during the pandemic. We ended up receiving more than 100 videos from our players, grades 3 through 8. Many have been posted on OTE Instagram and Facebook, and have been inspiring for all to watch. What we particularly love is how our players across the program virtually cheered on their OTE teammates. And what can I say about our coaches' response? We loved all of it!
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“I cannot express the amount of gratitude I have to you and the coaches for prioritizing everyone’s safety! I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this organization.” Agnes, parent of 5th grade player
Congrats to our 8th grade boys and girls! Can't wait to see you all bring your game to high school in a few months. We're proud of all of you. And thanks to coaches Brandon and Shawn (Girls) and Tom and Caleb (Boys) for their dedication to these talented athletes!
OTE 4th Girls letting loose at last tournament
3/4th Boys Team celebrating tournament win May 7 with Coach Chris
OTE is proud to announce its latest championship team. The 7th grade girls team won the 2021 AAU state championship Division 1 by sweeping all four games it played May 1-2 in Rockford. Ill. The team is coached by Brandon Lathon and Shawn Cirton, and won each game by 10 or more points. The team prevailed by sharing the ball, playing tough team defense and winning the battle for loose balls and rebounds. Congrats to the girls!
Congrats to the OTE 7th grade girls, who finished 6th out of 34 teams in the National AAU championship in Knoxville, Tenn. The girls had a great run, losing by five points in the quarterfinals to the eventual AAU champs. The team was on fire all week, averaging 53 points a game -- one of the top-scoring teams in the tourney. Thanks to the players, parents and coach Croix for a terrific week of basketball! The OTE family is proud of all of you!
Once again, our alums ruled at their 2019 high school tryouts., as 40 out of 41 players from our 2018-19 8th grade boys and girls teams made the cut. They'll play freshman, JV or varsity basketball at high schools across the Chicago area, including Lane Tech, Notre Dame, Maine South, Loyola, DePaul, St. Ignatius, Trinity, Taft, North Side Prep, Resurrection, Conant, Payton, Jones, Von Steuben, Chicago High School for Agricultural Studies, Amundsen and more. OTE is proud of them all
Our girls played with nothing but drive and confidence this weekend- each one of them left their hearts on the court ! We are so proud to call them AAU Champions !! Thank you to OTE and our coaches who have prepared them for this victory and many more for the last 5 years !!!-V.Arroyo
For the fourth year in a row, every OTE 8th grade girls and boys alum who played during our winter-spring seasons made their freshman, JV or varsity teams at high school tryouts. This year it was 34 out of 34 8th graders from our 2017-18 winter-spring seasons that made the jump into high school programs, including Loyola, Whitney Young, Ignatius, Payton, Main South, Jones Prep, Resurrection, Notre Dame, Lincoln Park, Maine East, Niles West, Regina, Von Steuben, Shurz and more. Since 2003, more than 90 percent of OTE alums have gone on to play high school basketball. OTE is proud of all of them. Go Edge!
OTE 8th girls became National AAU champions this morning, July 17, 2017 in Orlando! We're so proud of our players -- Angelica, Illiana, Maeve, Charleen, Lily, Caroline, Nicole, Christi -- and coaches Keith and Jean. What a great run! Congrats!
Over the last 20 years, more than 90 percent of OTE alums have gone on to play high school hoops at major programs across Chicago and the suburbs. Our training works because we are "Over the Edge on fundamentals."