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Richmond Boys BasketballWelcome to Squires' Richmond Boys Basketball website. Richmond's first AAU Boys Basketball Program founded in 1987 by Tony Squire. Tony has dedicated over 20 years of his young life to developing a fine Program for hundreds of players across the state of Virginia as well as surrounding states.

Overview

The Squires' program was organized in response to the challenge to increase opportunities for young men to develop teamwork, self-confidence and self-esteem, through structured athletic activities. The Foundation encourages our youth to stay in school by stressing the link between class work and home work, studying, and career and educational achievement.

We strive to enhance the schools and community’s efforts to meet the social and educational needs of our young people. The participants range in age from 12 to 19. Most are from Richmond, some from other parts of Virginia, and a few from surrounding states.

Our primary support comes from family, friends and the community. The parents/guardians have witnessed first hand the benefits of the program, and are among our strongest supporters. It is not unusual for them to travel long distances, taking participants to practice sessions and to games.

Since 1987, more than 300 young men have received scholarships from colleges and universities; 150 have received scholarships to attend prep schools. Some have gained worldwide recognition, including prominent NBA players Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics, and Amare Stoudemire of the Phoenix Suns; two NFL players, Darren Sharper of the Minnesota Vikings and Johnathan Lewis of the Jacksonville Jaguars. In addition, 75 athletics have participated in the International Pro League in Europe.

Objectives

  • To develop self-esteem, self-confidence, and respect for self and others.
  • To encourage scholarship, teamwork and the enhancement of athletic ability.
  • To provide enrichment experiences through group dynamics, clinics and workshops.
  • To provide opportunities to interact with role models and community leaders for insight and guidance on how to realize career goals.
  • To provide consistent opportunities for participants to excel academically and athletically to qualify and compete for scholarships.

Youth Development

We believe that a strong academic foundation, good character, respect, hard work, self determination and loyalty are the building blocks for success.

We mentor, teach and encourage participants to believe and invest in themselves, to take full advantage of educational opportunities, and be accountable for their actions. On and off the court, we provide leadership training and enrichment experiences through team play, camps and clinics such as AIDS Awareness. We also have a prison ministry where participants visit the jails and talk with the inmates.

Competition and Experiences

One of the program’s greatest strengths is the opportunity for our youth to participate in challenging and competitive events throughout the country. We have participated in tournaments in over 30 states over the past 20 years. This allows interaction with players, coaches and the audiences from different cultural and socio-economic background and various athletic abilities. They learn first hand the importance of team play, being supportive of each other, and how to be gracious and professional whether winning or losing.

Outreach

Over the past 20 years, we have started programs in other areas: Squires’ Northern Neck in Montrose, VA; Squires’ Midwest in Waterloo, Iowa; Squires’ Sumpter in South Carolina; Squires’ Charles City and Squire’s Powhatan.

Accomplishments

The team and Tony Squire have enjoyed many successes and participated in many learning experiences, and are proud of their achievements.

The Team has:

  • Qualified for the National AAU Championship games since the organization was founded.
  • Won position playoffs in numerous State AAU championship games
  • Participated yearly in a sponsored national invitational tournament.

Acknowledgements

Our foremost advocates and life-long link have been parents/guardians, schools and the community. They have always showcased their spirit and support for the AAU by attending games, participating in events and staying connected. Much of what the organization has accomplished is because of them.

Special Thanks

The Squires’ Richmond Boys Education Foundation has had unprecedented growth and recognition over the years. The long list of outstanding support staff of coaches and behind the scene players over the years, whose passion for knowledge, excellence and good communication made it all happen. Their expertise, inspiration and generous support never wan.

Current Staff (all volunteer coaches)

Reggie McFarland, Ron Peterson, Kermit Hobson, James Lewis, Jay Myers, Hannibal Tuck, Marquis Allen, Trey Scruggs, A. B. Taylor, Kevin Johnson, Dr. Bobby Duhart, Floyd Brooks, Thomas Hill and Dr. Anton Exum.

Testimonials

Over the past twenty years, I have had the opportunity to meet and interact with a great deal of people and coaches in this business. I can honestly say that you are at the top of the list in your commitment to youth and giving them opportunities to succeed.
Virginia Basketball
Dave Leitao – Head Coach

Richmond is like many cities across the country. The area has tremendous talent, but without someone like yourself helping to expose that talent, many kids would be left without the opportunity for a free education and to further their athletic careers.
University of Florida Men’s Basketball
Rob Lanier – Assistant Coach

We all strive for doing well in our lives and Tony Squire has exemplified good in his everyday walk of life by giving kids a chance to do well in their everyday life.
The University of Arizona
Josh Pastner

Squires’ Boys Basketball Program is one of the most successful AAU basketball program in the country. Its success is a direct result of your ongoing commitment to the young men who have participated in the program.
Goodwin Sports Management
Noah Croom

It is my wish that all persons who have involvement with our young people demonstrate the same qualities you have exemplified since 1988.
Mt. San Jacinto Community College
Patrick Springer – Head Men’s Basketball Coach

Our motto is "A Degree for Free." Remember to invest in yourself first by dedicating your young lives to relentless skill development on and off the court. Get the best education possible through hard work and dedication and be a steward of your life endeavors.

Believe in yourself, invest in yourself, work smart, work hard, persevere through life difficult moments, and keep your head up.



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