[Peoria, Ariz]---- For many of Arizona's youth, the YMCA is a place to pass the time and get out of the heat during the scorching summer months. However, for the 50 players affiliated with the Team M’Phasis basketball organization, it is so much more meaningful and essential to the success of their futures. Thanks in part to founder, William Roberts III, these athletes are not only members of a basketball team, but are given access to after school tutoring, mentoring, discussion groups, character building and educational opportunities.
While coaching a team back in 2004, Roberts realized the importance of teaching athletes more than how to perfect a jump shot and execute a flawless lay-up; he recognized the need for strong leadership and support for the young players, something lacking in his own childhood in an urban Philadelphia neighborhood. So, with a knack for teaching, developing and understanding the needs of his squad , one man’s passion has grown into three basketball teams, four coaches, seven board members and 50 players who rely on the program for success, both on and off the court.
M’Phasis alumni Gerrick explains, “Coach stays on you about doing your homework and chores. And at the end of the day it’s not just about basketball, we love to play basketball, but it’s about a greater goal…about a great opportunity at life.”
In order to help defer the costs of a Las Vegas tournament called The Fab 48, the 501 (c)(3) organization, Team M’Phasis will need to raise $1300 in the next two weeks. The group is offering discounted Phoenix Mercury tickets as one way to help offset travel expenses. They are also hosting a fun evening at Sky Zone in Peoria on Friday, June 27th from 4-8PM. In addition to the care-free bouncing and jumping, there will be a slam dunk contest for those with a more competitive nature at 7PM for an additional $15.
According to Roberts, “Team M’Phasis uses basketball as a vehicle to help youth be successful in all areas of life, and the work of the program is done entirely by volunteers who give of their time 5-7 days per week.”
Those who are willing to contribute to this remarkable cause are encouraged to visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/support-our-season for more details and methods of contribution. Discounted Mercury tickets can be obtained by emailing Ramond Calvert at RCalvert@Mercury.com or by calling 602-379-7557.