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Allentown girls practice to be the Queen of the Court

VIDEO: Queens of the Court

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - On Tuesday night, a group of Allentown girls kicked off a program that'll keep them busy over the next seven weeks.

It's definitely not going to be an easy couple of months, but the gym where 5th grade through 8th grade Allentown girls met will have a challenge but are confident they can meet it.

"That's kind of fun!" smiles Kaylei Fisher, an 11-year-old 5th grader.

The free program, called Queen of the Court, gives middle school girls in the city of Allentown a chance to get excited about basketball, no matter the skill level.

"I just see all my friends in recess try it out, so that's why I wanted to. Because I don't really play it,"10-year-old Kadence Cuadrado tells us.

No worries, the coaches say - it's about more than just the game.

"Make friends, enjoy laughs, build relationships," Coach Brittni Kholi explains, adding, "Besides just building something on the basketball court, learning life skills, and all those other things needed to be successful in life."

Coach Kholi didn't start the program eight years ago - her high school coaches did, and she inherited it a few years back, because it was personal.

"I continue it because I think it's important," she says. "With a lot of the things that are going on in the community right now, it's important to have community outreach, it's important to show the kids that through sports you can learn a lot of different things."

"We get to be with our friends and bond together and play," Kadence explains.

It's put together by the Allentown and Parks and Rec department, which works hard with partners to keep this program going, because, while points here are great, it's really the long-term goal, they're after.

"That's why it's important to bring the girls together to empower one another and let them learn and grow from each other," Coach Kholi says.

And, of course, giving every one of these girls the chance to be Queen of the Court.


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