Cohoes Youth Basketball League 'courts' new home after community center shutdown

October 29, 2018 11:43 PM

COHOES - The fallout continues in Cohoes after the city's community center was abruptly shut down last week. More than 70 employees without a job and hundreds of parents without access to daycare or the various programs, like the CYO Basketball club. 

Then, this weekend Councilman Bill Smith and Community Miracles in Action founder, Crystal Alesio started talking.


"I'm just one of those many 'Cohoesures' that believes in the youth in our city and we just jump in and do it because somebody has to," Alesio said.

Alesio will allow CYO basketball club to operate under the CMA umbrella this winter season until they can establish their own non-profit status.

"It is such a small community and everyone really does come together when it seems like things need to be done," parent Jen hotaling said.

Monday night, parents learned the middle school would host some games and as long as there were enough kids grades 3-8 enrolled, the season will start as planned in the first week of December.

"I thought we won't have a basketball team," 12-year-old Zach Garmley, said.

Garmley is thrilled for the news.

"We get to go up against other kids that are playing with their friends," Garmley added.

And because it's a feeder program to the high school, Denisse Sanchez says it's vital kids in the community have the opportunity to start playing when they're young.

"They might like the sport at the time but might not have the skills but they can develop it. Once you get to high school there is no development, you know, it's competitive, its collegiate, you have to be ready" Sanchez said.

Registration for the CYO Basketball Club will be open until November 6th.

To contact Bill Smith:

(518) 213-0091

To contact Crystal Alesio:

(518) 326-0399


Karen Tararache

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