Denver, CO: Colorado Premier Basketball Club has announced they have accepted an offer to become a Nationally Sponsored Nike Club. Colorado Premier is the first youth basketball program in the Rocky Mountain region to be sponsored by the world’s greatest sports brand, Nike. In addition to the sponsorship, the Premier girls program has been recognized as one of the top 32 clubs in the nation and will participate in the Nike Girls Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) beginning in 2016.
Keith Van Horn, Executive Director of Colorado Premier Basketball Club said, “It is an honor to have our Club be sponsored by Nike and I am so excited to have our girls participate in the top youth basketball league in the nation, EYBL. We have been committed to building the best basketball club in the United States by emphasizing skill development, providing high-quality coaches and developing future leaders. We are thrilled that our values align with the organizations that Nike supports. Playing in EYBL will be an amazing opportunity for our players to compete at the highest level in front of the best college coaches in the game.”
Tony Dorado, Nike’s National Manager for High School Basketball, outlines the intent and focus of the Elite Youth Basketball League: “Nike’s reason for establishing the Girls EYBL is aligned with our overall goals for girls’ basketball: we want to help improve the girls’ game and provide opportunities for girls to be seen by colleges to improve their chances of receiving a scholarship. We feel that a league with something to play for increases the importance of games during the summer which will improve the quality of games.”
Colorado Premier, which was established in 2012, already boasts an impressive list of players who have signed and committed to play at the college level, including former State Gatorade Players of the Year Robbi Ryan (Arizona State University) and Diani Akigbogun (University of Texas).
Tryouts for 2016 Colorado Premier Nike EYBL players will begin in March and invite only EYBL workouts for prospective players will be held November through February. The Nike EYBL workouts will be ran by former NBA player and Colorado Premier Executive Director, Keith Van Horn and Colorado Premier Staff Coaches. Please contact us at the information below if you wish to be considered for these workouts.
About Colorado Premier Basketball Club: Serving nearly 2,000 players in Colorado and neighboring states, Colorado Premier Basketball Club is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing an outstanding basketball and life experience for boys and girls ages 3-19. Our Colorado basketball club has programs for the beginning player all the way up to nationally competitive elite club players that play on our top boys and girls competitive Premier Academy teams. Premier offers youth basketball camps, basketball leagues and tournaments, small group training, beginner skill sessions, team options for several age groups and much more. Colorado Premier proudly supports the mission of the Positive Coaching Alliance and is an Official USA Youth Basketball Organization.
Keith Van Horn
Colorado Premier Basketball Club, Executive Director