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 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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!