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March 17, 2016

Tumbleweed Recreation Center offers teen night, after-hours as safe hangout

Teens with nothing to do Friday nights have a new option at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center (TRC) this spring. Basketball games and friendly competition kick off the first "REACH Basketball Academy" this month.

Designed for ages 12 to 17, REACH Basketball Academy is open from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. every other Friday, March 18 through May 20, at the TRC, 745 E. Germann Rd. Teenagers can take part in twilight basketball clinics, 3-on-3 competitions and more. All skill sets are welcome.

“Whether you’re picking up a basketball for the first time or aspire to play at the high school level and beyond, REACH Basketball Academy is a great opportunity for teens looking for a little bit of glory, a good workout, and a sense of community,” said Shawn Peoples, Recreation Coordinator. "The goal is to give Chandler youth a place to go where they can hang out on Friday evenings in a safe, monitored environment that's fun."

The project is a collaboration between the City of Chandler and the REACH Basketball Organization – a sports clinic that gives young athletes the opportunity to acquire fundamental basketball skills while learning important life lessons, including accountability, teamwork and leadership that they’ll use both on and off the court. Founder and Head Coach Rodger Farrington brings more than 25 years of professional basketball experience to the program.  

Teen basketball clinic

What: Teen REACH Basketball Academy
When: 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. every other Friday, March 18 through May 20
Where: Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E Germann Rd.
Fee:  $33 for Chandler residents and $45 for non-residents

Teen alternative

What: Teen After Hours
Recreation:  Teens can enjoy the Tumbleweed Recreation Teen Lounge featuring video games, Ping-Pong, movie nights and more.
When: 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. every other Friday, March 18 through May 20
Where: Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E Germann Rd.
Fee:  $3 for Chandler residents and $5 for non-residents

For more information, contact Shawn Peoples at 480-782-2746 or e-mail shawn.peoples@chandleraz.gov.