A New Era of Developing, for our 7th and 8th Grade Boy’s Basketball Players
The Rising Eagles Club is an alternative to the pay to play AAU model for middle school boys in RSU 14. We fall under the WYBA umbrella and bridge the gap from youth basketball to the High School program. The High School Basketball staff volunteers all their time and effort to help provide the Windham community with top instruction at no cost. Basketball is about having fun, playing with your friends and learning life skills that will help them as they develop into young adults.
The Rising Eagles Club will practice two days a week utilizing outdoor and indoor facilities as they become available. The Club will also compete with neighboring communities and entering weekly AAU tournaments to help enhance the experience of live play against surrounding competition.
Alumni Giving Back
At Windham our High School players know the importance of being a role model for our youth players. Almost all of our players have been brought up in Windham Youth Basketball Program and know the importance of those opportunities. Upon graduation our alumni are eager to help in any way possible to give back to their community. The Rising Eagles Club will feature alumni on the sidelines helping develop our youth, providing encouragement,
sharing experiences and building relationships. A combination of the Windham High School staff and proven players at Windham, allow the Rising Eagles Club to develop a passion and pride for Windham Basketball.
The Goal of Our Club
Our goal is to provide opportunities to our young community members. We want to provide a fun, safe and instructional program. This program is built on volunteers, sponsors and community members giving their time and resources to the community. These workouts and games have no indication on future selections in middle school or the high school interscholastic teams. Having fun, being around your friends and creating an economic way for families to allow their children to enjoy a sport is the focus. Our program is based on development of fundamentals and critical thinking skills on the court. The Goal of our Club is NOT to separate players based on financial means and to limit opportunities.
We are here to provide feasible opportunities in our town to learn, play and compete at a high level. Providing opportunities for all youth basketball players in the 7th/8th grade and learning more than just basketball. The Rising Eagles Club will help develop skills on and off the court in a safe environment.
There has always been a disconnect with the middle school program and our high school program, in terms of development and relationship building. We feel this is an opportunity to help further develop players who love to play basketball. We understand the climate that basketball has become and the expense of those opportunities. We feel we can help make a difference in our community and donate our time to help our youth enjoy their friends and the game of basketball. The Rising Eagles Club is another option for our Windham Community.
-Coach Pulkkinen, Varsity Basketball Coach
The Rising Eagles Club is affiliated with the Windham Youth Basketball Association and is not affiliated with Windham High School Athletics