NEW YORK, Oct. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- EPIC Sports, Inc., a youth basketball program dedicated to developing the skills and interpersonal values of young athletes throughout New York City, has officially launched in the Upper West Side. Founded by philanthropist and basketball fanatic Rose Caiola, EPIC has recruited some of the city's finest coaching talent to head up its program and strengthen the skills of young participants through a series of specialized classes catering to students in grades 1 through 12.
EPIC Sports capitalizes on the organization's inherent philosophy of fun and equality through fundamental training and team building exercises, each designed to hone in on the most crucial skills needed for both on and off the court. These range from instruction in the most basic skills, such as dribbling and shooting on a novice level, to speed and endurance-based high intensity training on the advanced level. EPIC Sports has also instituted a specialized scholarship program to grant a fair opportunity for children who otherwise would not have the means to participate. The program provides 50% of its student body with these benefits, while also giving kids the chance to participate in travel and AAU basketball leagues throughout New York.
"We're really excited to officially open our doors to young athletes throughout New York City who are looking for a fun and challenging experience in a safe environment tailored to fostering a spirit of confidence, character, integrity, and core values," said Rose Caiola, President, EPIC Sports, Inc. "EPIC's mission is to build a diverse community of student athletes who are disciplined, selfless, and respectful, not only to the sport of basketball, but in everyday life."
In addition to serving as EPIC's President, Rose Caiola is also the Founder and Executive Artistic Director of Manhattan Movement & Arts Center (MMAC), a state-of-the-art dance fitness and performance facility near Lincoln Center, which is also home to the nation's premiere non-profit classical ballet academies, Manhattan Youth Ballet. Caiola has also distinguished herself as a veteran Broadway producer with the historic revival of "Godspell" in 2011 and the Tony Award winning "All the Way," starring Bryan Cranston.
To supplement Caiola's efforts as President of EPIC Sports, the organization's talented coaching staff is comprised of Lance Williams, Terrell Stokes, and Damian Johnson, all of which bring a combined forty-plus years of coaching experience to the table. Stokes' impressive resume cites his experience as a coach for the New York Knicks Youth Summer Camps, while Johnson made a name for himself at Lycee Francais de New York, where he led the varsity boys' basketball team to an I.S.A.L. Championship in 2012. As Executive Director of the EPIC Sports program, Williams boasts a diversified background as an adept instructor and administrator in a variety of sports, using his knowledge and training on a professional league level to lead proceedings and ultimately bring EPIC Sports' vision to fruition.
For more information about EPIC Sports, Inc. and its youth basketball program, please visit www.epicsports.org.
About EPIC Sports, Inc.
EPIC Sports, Inc. is an organization dedicated to developing the skills and interpersonal values of youthful participants by teaching the benefits and values of teamwork through competition and sports activities in a safe environment. Founded by noted philanthropist and basketball aficionado, Rose Caiola, and headed up by veteran coaches Terrell Stokes, Lance Williams, and Damian Johnson, EPIC Sports, Inc.'s program actively promotes a varied social and cultural experience through its scholarship program as a way to provide equal opportunity participation to untapped youth talent.
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