Introducing you to Youth Basketball at OLF

We’re happy to announce the addition of the Our Lady of Fatima Perth Amboy Wolves youth basketball program to the SJL Community Development network! Since 1969, the program has provided an opportunity for young men and women at the parish to learn discipline, teamwork, and grow to understand their own value through the support of the community. The all-volunteer staff use basketball as a way to get kids involved and help them overcome the challenges they face. The program is based on the belief that if even one life is changed, it’s worth it! Their motto is, “You can’t change them all, but if you change one, your work is done.”

For the Wolves, personal growth and development is as important as winning basketball games. Besides practicing four days a week from October to May and playing at least one game a week, the team participates in volunteer opportunities together and attends Mass at the parish every week as a team. Players are also expected to keep their grades up. If a player fails to meet these expectations, they will sit out during games, even if it means losing a championship. 

Another important aspect of the program is the development of leadership. The current head of the program originally became involved as a player in the 1990s, and many other former players have come back to volunteer either with the team or with other initiatives in the community.

Read more about the Our Lady of Fatima Wolves and lend your support!