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Stamford Peace Hosts First Basketball Tournament

Eight 13U groups compete until Sunday

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Stamford, CT | Added on October 25, 2014 At 04:10 PM

Stamford Peace hosted its first annual  "In the Name of Peace"  basketball tournament at WestHill High School on Saturday.  About Nine 7th grade basketball players from the Stamford Peace 13U group and seven other teams from the New York tri-state area and Boston went head-to-head in a series of 12 games.

"It has taught me to care for my teammates and that it's not all about one person, it's a team," said Kobi Agard. "And we have to play like a team to win."  

Each team, including nationally ranked Boston Bobcats and East Coast Elite, competed in five games, which began Saturday morning and continue tomorrow until 3 p.m. when the champion teams will be awarded.

Non-profit organization Stamford Peace began in 2008 as a way to offer basketball educational experience to boys and girls from grades 2 to 11. All money raised from concessions go to the non-profit's scholarship program.  

"We decided to start the organization to use basketball as a tool to positively influence kids and to make them understand that basketball is a privilege," said Brian Kriftcher Stamford Peace co-founder. "Their job is to do their best in school, do their chores at home, be good citizens and the reward is, they get to play and be invested in this way."

"They make sure that school comes first," said former Stamford Peace participant Jineida Harkness. "My grades have always been well enough for me to play and they've advanced me as a player."  

"We try to use high level basketball instruction and training so that kids really get a solid foundation and are able to positively influence them so that not only can they do the right things on the court, they'll also to the right things in the classroom, at home and in their community," said Darrell Johnson, coach and program volunteer. 

The 13U team will complete its 2nd consecutive year of qualifying as one of the top 50 programs in the country, earning a spot in the AAU national tournament.  In 2013, the group finished the season ranking 21st in the country.  

"We wanted to start it with one age group, make sure we can pull it off and do it as well as we try to do everything," said Kriftcher. "With that, we'll add other age groups and we'll continue to build."  

For more information on the non-profit basketball club visit


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