Local 8th Graders to Take Basketball Skills to Morocco

CANAL FULTON, Ohio (News Talk 1480 WHBC) – A dozen 8th grade boys from Stark and Summit Counties are headed to Morocco this June as part of a youth exchange program, sponsored by the Varsity Athletic Club.

And it’s all centered on basketball.

The 12 will play other team overseas in the hopes of making global connections.

They are looking for sponsors for the trip.

Here’s the release from the Varsity AC:

The Varsity Athletic Club has been serving the local youth for over 35 years and continues to play an integral role
in the Northeast Ohio sports community daily. They have provided thousands of boys and girls with the chance
to play basketball on teams, in leagues, at camps/clinics, in competitive tournaments & more, year-round. As a
family owned and operated business, they strive to keep youth sports affordable & accessible to all.
This year, the Varsity A.C. will offer a youth exchange program centered around basketball & sports diplomacy.
By leveraging the power of sport, they will be able to provide a platform for young people in our area to expand
their vision and engage in youth empowerment, health & wellness, cultural appreciation, and entrepreneurism
in a much broader capacity than ever before!
A very select group of twelve 8th graders have been asked to be part of a 2024 International “Dream Team”.
Chosen because of their consistent display of hard work, dedication, and strong character both on & off the
court, these young men will embark on a 7-day trip to Morocco, Africa! As national ambassadors, they will
travel to Casablanca in June to participate in elite athletic competitions and run basketball clinics for locals,
learn about civic engagement and engage in social service projects, and visit historic cities & world-famous
institutions.
The Varsity A.C. has partnered with local organizations, including the J. Babe Stearn Center & Global Ties –
Akron, who will provide community support for this project. They also have a strong international partner, Tibu
Africa, who is the current locomotive for sport & socio-economic development across their continent.
However, these students will need additional support to make this happen.
*Donations may be made directly to the Varsity A.C., by mailing a check to: 7015 Millfield Rd.,
Canal Fulton, OH 44614 or w/ credit card over the phone by calling their offices at
330-854-4170.Let them know if is for the Canton City Schools’ students.
*Donations needing a 501c3# should be made out to: The J. Babe Stearn Community Center w/the
designation: “YOUTH EXCHANGE -Canton City Schools” and still mailed to the Varsity A.C. offices.
(*Tax ID available upon request)
If you have any further questions, please contact: Kelli L. Krzynowek, Asst. Director of the Varsity A.C. She may
be reached at 330-224-0091 or at [email protected]. She’d be happy to discuss this in more detail and
to explore any potential partnerships/collaborations that might develop as we continue to work toward our goal.