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Atlantic City Hoop Group Champions
Our 15U-Klein team went down to Hoop Group Atlantic City Jam Fest and had 4-0 week, taking home the Parkway Division Championship. Congratulations to the team!
*New Home Alert*
After tons of behind the scenes work we're extremely excited to announce Empire's new home! Coming soon in Huntington! Please contact us to lock in spots for individual, group training or clinics this Summer! More details coming soon!
Andrew D'Eloia named Newsday's Long Island Coach of the Year!
This past week, Coach D'Eloia was named Newsday's Long Island Coach of the Year. Coach has a great basketball mind and consistently gets the most out of his team!
EYA March Madness Bracket Challenge
This past week we hosted the EYA March Madness Bracket Challenge! With over 100 applicants, this March did NOT disappoint and we were able to name our three winners!
Empire Brings Coach Eric Smiles on Board!
Excited to announce our newest member of the Empire family, former LIU Post and Farmingdale State Head Coach, Eric Smiles. During his tenure at LIU, the Pioneers made four conference appearances and finished first in the ECC in defensive FG% and rebound margin three times with many of those years statistically being in the Top 20 Nationally. Prior to his time at LIU, Coach was selected Skyline Coach of the year 3x, Basketball Association of NY Coach of the Year 2x, D3Hoops.com Atlantic Region Coach of the Year, and NABC Atlantic Region Coach of the Year.
Coach believes in passion coupled with old-school skill development. Smiles is currently the Athletic Director at Hostos Community College and will be an excellent addition to help take on our new location
Empire Softball Coming THIS Spring!
Empire Youth Athletics is proud to announce the start of our Empire Softball Program coming May, 2021. We will be hosting tryouts for the following age groups/teams: 12u, 14u, 16u.
As we move into this next chapter, we are excited to continue the Empire tradition and expand our culture. Our goal is to mold the future empire generation into hard-working, coachable individuals by providing a high quality coaching and training experience for our athletes. Through training, our coaches will teach lessons that extend well beyond the field. We aim to build the future generation of athletes who share their love for the game with everyone they interact with.
Big Fellas Podcast with Coach Derek and Coach Christina!
Coaches Christina Raiti and Derek Klein, Basketball Coaches at National Powerhouse Long Island Lutheran and Founders of Empire Youth Athletics, Join us on Big Fellas Basketball to talk about How They Built a Positive Playing Culture From the Ground Up with Empire, Their Thoughts on AAU, Social Media, and Basketball Today, As Well as What It’s Like Playing Against The Best Competition in the Nation. Check out the link below!
THE WEATHER IS CHANGING AND THE TEMPS ARE DROPPING!
Check out our new, INDOOR Fall Clinic Schedule. Our First weekend was a HUGE success.
Reserve your spot now, spots are limited to 20 athletes per session!
Empire Outdoor Fall Camps
This pandemic has created many challenges for our company, our athletes, and all of our families! Fortunately, we were able to offer 5 weeks worth of outdoors skills camps for our athletes! We worked around the weather and into the cold mornings!
It was great to have our athletes back with us! Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays!
Empire Athletics Foundation
Empire has announced the creation of the Empire Athletics Foundation! For more information, visit the Empire Athletics Foundation page on our website or visit any of our social media pages!
Empire Stands Against Racial Inequality
Visit any of our social media platforms to learn more about Empire's mission to combat racial inequality.
"To our families and players, we see you, we stand with you, we support you, and we love you.
Each week our coaches have provided up to four, FREE zoom classes for our athletes. Classes focus on beginner ball handling, advanced ball handling, and beginner, intermediate, and advanced hoop skills!
To sign up, SUBSCRIBE to our email blast and fill out the google form provided each week!
Raiti Named Head Coach at LuHi
This past week, our Co-Founder and Girls Director, Christina Raiti was named Head Coach of Nationally ranked, LuHi Girls Varsity Basketball Program!
Empire YouTube Channel
We are proud to share the launch of our YouTube channel! Check out our channel and follow us for more updates and access to our virtual training videos!
QR Code Workouts
n addition to our Virtual training videos coming soon, we have also created a series of progression, QR workouts.
All you needs is a laptop or desktop! Just scan each code to watch Coach provide an instructional video for each exercise!
Subscribe to our EMAILS for FREE access!
Coronoa Can't Keep Us Down!
Empire is continuing to monitor the on-going developments related to the Coronavirus and the status of the venues in which we hold games and/or practices... for more of an update, visit our home page!
During this time, we take the safety of our players and our families extremely seriously. For our athletes, this is not a time to rest! We will be providing emails every Monday which will outline our weekly schedule including: #EmpireChallenge's, YouTube Workouts, LIVE Workouts, Zoom Workouts, and more!
8th Grade Clark/Metz Makes a Name for Themselves
Big WINS this weekend for our boys 6th, 7th, 8th White, and 8th Gold! Very proud of all our players for buying into the culture. Year one of the program and we're already seeing great results and progress!
8th Grade Girls off to a Strong Start
Coach Messiah Reames and our 8th Grade Girls have started the winter super league season 4-0! We look forward to watching them compete; as they continue to progress both individually and as a team!
President's Day Clinic
This past Monday we ran our first all-day skills clinic in Port Washington! What an amazing group of student-athletes who were eager to learn and improve their skills! The gym was rocking with high energy and enthusiasm the entire day! Huge thanks to @slaanyc for allowing us to partner with them for a great day! Stay tuned for more information on our next Holiday clinic! #EYA #EmpireMentality #EmpireYouthAthletics #EmpireFamily
ZG Fall Opener
Huge weekend for Empire Basketball! This past weekend, seven of our teams traveled to Ardsley, NY and competed in the Zero Gravity Fall Opener. With only a few practices, our athletes were thrown into the fire! We are incredibly proud of not only the way they performed, but the way they handled theirselves on the court. Overall, Empire finished the weekend with a winning record.
Our first program chip goes to Coach Terrance Murchie and his sixth grade squad! Well done boys!
Nassau Coliseum and Empire!
Both our 6th Grade boys team and our 8th Grade boys teams played at Nassau Coliseum this past Friday Night! We are extremely thankful for this awesome opportunity for our athletes!
Each week, Empire will be offering an INSTAGRAM LIVE Class!
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This is a great interactive way for our student-athletes to push themselves, push each other virtually, and stay sharp!
We're proud to announce Empire Youth Athletics has been selected as the Head Trainers for the 2019 Top 100 Showcase. The Top 100 Showcase will take place on Saturday, September 21st at LuHi and is open to all male athletes in the tristate area in grades 8-12.
The day will run from 11AM-4 PM and will consist of NBA Combine testing, a Top 20 All-Star game, and NCAA seminar and skills training. In addition there will be media and scouting services present and D2 and D3 coaches will be assisting with on floor training and coaching!
This past week, Rahsaan Robinson, NBA G-League, Brooklyn Nets Head Strength Coach came to speak to our athletes. Coach Robinson spoke to the athletes about what it takes to play at a high level and he also put our athletes through one of his dynamic warmups!
Big thanks to Coach Mike McSloy, Head Coach of St. Joseph's College (LI) for coming down to our HS Mini-Camp this past week. Coach put our athletes through some drills and spoke to them about what he looks for in recruits!
Tryout Jerseys are in!
Our Tryout/Practice jerseys are in! Empire Basketball Fall Tryouts are less than 10 days away!
Empire's Boys Director, Derek Klein designed his very own "Grind Session". Coach Derek worked with over 600 campers this summer.
The Grind Session is a high energy and high skill developmental session that works on all parts of the game! Players go through stations of dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding, and more!
Coach Derek Klein was selected to participate in the 2019 IYF International Youth Fellowship as the Boys Basketball Director!
International Youth Fellowship is a global non-profit organization dedicated to spiritual, emotional, and intellectual grown! There are over 40 branches across the US and Canada!
Empire has recently started offering a College/Pro workout. Once a week, college athletes as well as athletes who are preparing to play overseas as well as in the NBA, gather in our gym. Coach Derek, Coach Andrew, Coach Terrance, and Coach Hector put the group through ball handling drills, reactionary drills, and structured live play.
Coaches hold players to high standards, demand work, and preach community, culture, and discipline. Coach Derek promotes an uplifting atmosphere and encourages athletes to get themselves and others better for the next level of play.
Former High-School Athlete, Tyson Etienne visited our clinic to speak with our Empire Athletes about practicing good habits and having a healthy mindset. Tyson reminded the kids to add a drop in the bucket each time they enter the gym and also reminded them to be thankful for having parents/family who are willing to make sacrifices to make them better! Tyson will play basketball next year at Wichita State and is projected to be an NBA prospect.
Thank you to our friends at the Glen Cover Boys and Girls club for allowing us to run a soccer clinic with their members!
Follow us on Instagram @EmpireYouthAthletics to see more from Coach Breman!
We still have TWO weeks left of our Summer Mini-Camps!
We’re heading into week 8 and we’ve now worked on the following: finishing at the basket, ball handling/attack moves, form shooting, attacking out of triple threat, moving without the ball, and shooting in high pressure situations.
Each clinic consists of live play with skill application.
Join us for weeks 8 and 9 to close out the summer and gear up for the start of our Fall Travel Season!
We Come to You!
Interested in attending one of our clinics, but the travel is too far? We will come to you!
We will help your team and community bring their game to the next level!
Email or DM us for more information!
Last week we had NBA prospect, Justin Wright-Foreman in our gym. Justin came to workout with our coaches and stayed to work with our student-athletes at our Thursday night clinic. Justin spoke to our student-athletes about what it takes to play at the next level and what it means to be a part of something bigger than basketball. We are extremely thankful for his time and wisdom as he gears up for the NBA DRAFT!
Empire Meets AMP
We’ve recently acquired some new friends and sponsors for the Empire Athletics!…
Athletic Movement Protocol (AMP) in Syosset.
AMP is a sports performance training and rehabilitation center that currently trains some of the best athletes in New York, including multiple collegiate and professional athletes!
Click HERE to read more about special offerings and deals!
his past week, our Girls Director, Christina Raiti brought a group of 50 kids to Greece with SLAA, a Greek Academy based out of the NY area. Coach Christina coached a group of 7-10th grade girls who competed at the highest level Greece has to offer. The team finished 4-1 and Coach was able to spend time learning from Greek coaches, trainers, and players. She was able to attend training and skill sessions where she not only learned about the European game, but sharpened her skill set with new skill development techniques!
On April 12th, Junior Andre Curbelo competed in the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon. The event was an incredible honor/opportunity for Andre, as he was one of 24 players selected to participate. Andre represented his native country, Puerto Rico and was one of the 12 members on the World Team. The game was played at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. This game is a highly recognized event and is considered to be one of the top premier high school basketball events in the country! Andre was one of the youngest players in game and finished playing 16 minutes with 4 points as well as 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. We are so thankful to have Andre volunteer his time and work with our Empire athletes! What a great role model!