WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A former UNC basketball player has designs to make Wilmington the "Williamsport of youth basketball." Williamsport, PA, if you didn't know, is the home to Little League Baseball.
Dante Calabria, a member of the 1993 National Champion Tar Heels, is joining a group of business leaders in the Port City to create a non-profit foundation that will increase access for pre-teens to basketball year round. It will include professional, team-oriented instruction and new approaches to teach fundamentals to young people.
"We want Wilmington, NC to be the Williamsport of youth basketball," Dante Calabria said in a news release. Calabria plans to return from Italy next month. "I want my home community to know that Wilmington will be the location of our flagship youth basketball facility. We are thrilled to have a perfect location to impact thousands of kids from across the region with a positive hoops experience."
Calabria, Jay Warshaw, Robert P. Holding III and former Tar Heel Coach Hugh James Donohue II are forming Evolution Hoops, LLC and the Evolution Hoops Foundation. It will raise corporate and individual dollars to sponsor children.
The plan is to build next to Smith Creek Park off of Gordon Road.
"We've been looking at this property for quite some time and the price kept dropping to the point where it's am amazing value from which to base our project," said Jay Warshaw in a news release.
Evolution Hoops is also looking for a location in Charlotte.
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