Sixers basketball

Texas Youth Advocates’ SIXERS team won their 18-U division in the Big Time Hoops “Battle of the South” basketball tournament in Lewisville last weekend. L-R, Back Row: Monica Wilson, Destiny Mathews, Ja’Bria Simmons, Jaycee Parker, and Coach Crystal Davis. Front row: Quenisha Henderson, Myah Crutcher.

While summertime is a break from academics, for some area youngsters it is a time when their athletic endeavors kick into high gear. The Sixers basketball players are a good example.

The Sixers are organized by Texas Youth Advocates, a Palestine non-profit organization dedicated to serving at-risk area youth through sports. TYA, formerly SixerInc, developed from the experiences of founders Jonathan Cary and Daniel Tatum who participated on the 76ers youth basketball team in the late 90’s.

This year TYA has formed four summer youth basketball teams: Boys 18-U, Boys 16-U, Boys 14-U and Girls 18-U. Coaches are Daniel Tatum, Crystal Davis, Dwight Carter, Kris Parkes, and Undra White. Carter is CEO of TYA and Tatum is the current director.

The Sixers got their first taste of the high-level competition they will be facing when they participated in the Big Time Hoops “Battle of the South” held in Lewisville May 31-June 2. They will compete in three more tournaments in East Texas and the Dallas metroplex this summer.

The Sixers girls came out on top at the Battle of the South. There were four teams in the Girls 18-U division, and the Sixers, under Coach Crystal Davis, defeated Elevate 38-35 in the championship game. Winning the championship qualified the team to participate in the Big Time Hoops 4th Annual “LIVE” Championships on July 20 and 21 in Dallas.