Seattle’s hoops glitterati turned out to support A Plus Youth Program’s third annual breakfast Tuesday morning. Names like Martell Webster and Chris Hansen hobnob in an effort to raise money for the foundation that helps youths academically through basketball.
This year A Plus launched a girls team. There are 16 total and they have a combined GPA of 3.5. Tavio Hobson, the A Plus founder and executive director, said his big dream is to have headquarters in the four corners of the Seattle metropolitan area that follow the children through high school whether they succeed or not on the court — as long as they’re successful in the classroom. For now, there are boys and girls middle school teams and NBA star Jamal Crawford is hosting a hoops classic at Spokane Arena on June 30 to raise more money for A Plus.
“Our girls program is our main initiative,” said Hobson, whose program helps kids three days a week in addition to being a traveling basketball team. The girls are playing in Yakima this weekend. “Any expansion we do is going to be with the girls because we feel like it’s so important to be able to give as many opportunities as we can to the girls. Next year will be seventh-grade and eighth-grade teams.”
Storm co-owner Lisa Brummel was part of the breakfast in 2011 and worked with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to help the girls programming for A Plus grow. Since purchasing the franchise in 2008, the Storm owners have been heavily invested in the community, currently participating in WNBA Cares Week.