Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA Member Wins 1st Place in Regional Basketball Challenge


SCRANTON – A 9-year-old member, Colin Kelly, at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania recently won first place in the Jr. NBA/ Jr. WNBA Fit Challenge in the skills competition for the 9 to 10-year-old age group. 

The competition, which was held in New Jersey, judged participants’ basketball skills such as dribbling, sprinting, passing, etc.  Colin’s score was compared with over 70 other kids’ scores in the 9 to 10-year-old age groups in order to advance to the regional competition where he was awarded first place.

“Basketball is a really good sport. You have to have teamwork to do it. I signed up to get better at it,” explains Colin.

Now Colin’s score will be compared nationally, and he will have the opportunity to compete during the NBA All Star weekend.

At the Club, Colin participated in several athletic activities and programs that enhanced his individual athletic skills and prepared him for this competition.  While at the Club Colin also enjoys dodge ball, kickball, basketball, development team and staying physically active.

“It feels good because I really haven’t won something by myself,” rejoices Colin.

Colin attends John Marshall Elementary School and is in the fifth grade.  Colin is the son of Sandy Kelly.  His brother, Michael, also attends the Club.

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Pictured (l-r) are Colin Kelly, Club member; Lloyd Blackwell, Club athletic director.