The Cage Classic, now in its third year, features 65 teams split between nine divisions, with the nine & under division being co-ed. In all, a total of 780 kids will participate in games this summer. Games started in the middle of June and will run until August 15th.
And playing in the tournament is no pipe dream for local teams, as teams from the East Elmhurst area were allowed to compete for free. (Teams from outside the area paid a $250 registration fee.)
The tournament was co-founded in 2007 by For the Youth CEO Hayden Horsham and Gregory Coles; who sits on the board of directors at Elmcor. The duo had previously run the Avirex Basketball Classic from 2004-07 at the same site.
Horsham spoke of choosing the Queens Cage as the venue for a basketball classic, saying the venue brings out the best in basketballers. “When you get in the Cage,” Horsham said, “you know you have play hard.”
Horsham describes the basketball being played in the tournament as a mixture of Manhattan’s West 4th Street and Rucker leagues. He hopes the Queens Cage Classic will continue to raise the profile of Queens basketball.
“I want the Cage to become the Mecca of basketball in Queens,” he said.
We’ll be following the classic very closely in the following weeks. Look for game stories and photos each week. For more information, visit www.iamfortheyouth.org.