We can't thank our OTE family enough for a terrific weekend at Great Wolf Lodge to cap our winter 2018-19 season. Nearly 500 in attendance -- great party, great weekend of basketball, great friends and family. Check out our video of the fun weekend: https://vimeo.com/320521622
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
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
Over the last 18 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." Check out our tryouts and you'll see the difference.
OTE 7th Burgundy win AAU state championship in Rockford.
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!
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!
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!