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"JUST WANT TO PLAY BALL?!"
Women's basketball has been on the rise - now the women's game is finally receiving the respect that it has deserved for years. The women's game has created a national following of those that strictly love the women's game because it is the purest form of the sport. Women have the size, agressiveness, competitiveness, yet still possess the finesses that is truly their own! There are many different facets of our team/organization where you can be a valuable contributor. If being a player is not the answer for you, the most important concept to remember is that we are all part of the puzzle of promoting and implementing women's athletics, especially in Hampton Roads. We belive the answer is the M.I. Express Women's Basketball Association, Inc.
The M.I. Express Women's Basketball Association progams seek to promote the well-rounded development in the sport of basketball and to meet the needs and desires of all the athletes/indivduals it serves. By emphasizing educational as well as the entertainment values of leisure time, the varied activites of the different sponsorships conducted by M.I. Express Women's Basketball Association contribute to increased learning, better and enhanced social adjustments and needed, enjoyable relaxation for all participants.
HISTORY AND BACKGROUND
M.I. Express Women's Basketball was established in the spring of 1993 by Michael L. Ivy and Wyetta T. Gordon and was incorporated (non-profit) in September of 1998. The program was orginated to bring together former college players to compete athletically in various city leagues and out-of-state tournaments.
In November, 1998 our focus became college exhibition games for the purpose of showcasing our player's talents before WNBA coaches, scouts and agents. During that tenure to the present, we have played such teams as the Russian Junior National Traveling Squad, Old Dominion University, Hampton University, Norfolk State University, The College of William & Mary, North Carolina A & T State University, Howard University, American University, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, University of Pittsburgh, George Mason University, James Madison University, LaSalle University, Elon University, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Shaw University, Long Island University, University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, Longwood University, University of Delaware, Virginia Wesleyan College, Delaware State University, Apprentice School and the University of California at PA.
While providing our players a vehicle to continue to play basketball after their college careers end, our main focus has always been to enhance their self-esteem, heighten self-awareness, and to challenge area at-risk teenage girls to achieve an education through the use of athletics.
Our program also emphasizes team work and discipline, and how to apply these principles in our daily lives. We strive to provide positive adolescent/adult participation through sports programs, sponsorships for our AAU girls' programs, youth basketball clinics, youth/adult basketball tournaments, outreach programs, and charity fundraisers for such organizations as the YWCA of South Hampton Roads and the former Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Hampton Roads, with the coporate partnership support of Optima Family Care.
"It's amazing what you can accomplish when no one cares who gets the credit."