Young girls now have the opportunity to shoot hoops in their own league.
“I want to be in the WNBA,” said eight-year-old Isabella Garcia, who found that playing with boys was often a real drag, “I used to play on an all-boys team and they didn’t pass the ball.”
Thanks to coach Chelsea Herron, girls like Isabella now have the opportunity to play in an all girls league: Pinkalicious.
“I felt there was a need for it in the community,” said Chelsea Herron, Owner and Director of Pinkalicious Basketball. “If my daughter didn’t have any place to go play basketball, I felt there were plenty of other girls out there that would want to play basketball, too.”
Pinkalicious offers instructional leagues for girls from Plainfield, Oswego, and Naperville. The leagues feature five-on-five games and focus on building skills.
“We are unique in the way we run practice, like a college practice. We set up things we try to take it seriously,” said Herron. “We try to learn and gain each time and really try to let these girls be the best basketball players they can.”
And part of what makes the program so successful is the parent involvement.
“Pinkalicious really welcomes you as part of the family and you take ownership of it as a parent,” said Assistant Coach Maaria Mozaffar. “You’re not really watching your daughter as a spectator, you really have relationships built with the other players and the other coaches and I love that.”
Practicing drills, working closely with their parents, and playing with their peers makes a difference in both their game – and their confidence.
“I think it’s great they improve so much that they don’t even know it just cause they’re having so much fun, and Chelsea gets not only the girls to play but the coaches to coach and provide just an atmosphere that’s really amazing,” said Assistant Coach Justin Busche.
“It encourages girls to be strong and athletic and that’s why it really works,” said Mozaffar.
Pinkalicious also introduced pink elite this year, a competitive club team for 7th and 8th grade girls.
Naperville News 17’s Blane Erwin reports.
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