Carolina Shockers seeking players for boys and girls teams

  • Pictured are some of last season's players at the AAU National game.

The Carolina Shockers basketball teams are seeking players for the new season.

The amateur youth travel league teams started last year with two teams of boys, but are expanding to include girls this season. Divisions are: 5th-6th grades boys team, 7th-8th grades boys and girls team, 9th- 10th grades boys and girls team, and 11th-12th grades boys team.

“I call basketball the game of life,” said Marcus Rivera, director of Carolina Shockers, of how the sport teaches players discipline, structure and how to operate as a team. He played basketball in high school and college.

An informational meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at Trinity Outreach Ministry (47 Allen Street, Barnwell) for anyone interested in being part of one of the teams, which are part of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).

Carolina Shockers includes a mix of youth who play basketball at their respective schools as well as those who do not.

Rivera said travel league basketball exposes players to a lot of new opportunities and experiences, including new places. Last season the team competed in games in North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. They even traveled to Orlando, Fla. to compete in the AAU National Championship game, but were two games short of playing for the national title.

“It was really good exposure for the kids,” he said.

The teams are also beneficial to the schools and community as college recruiters come to the schools to check out the local talent. Rivera said he wants to show people that “big things come from small places.”

Carolina Shockers is also looking for volunteer coaches to help this season. They also welcome sponsors to support the 501c3 organization, said Rivera, who thanks everyone for the support last season.

For more information, contact Marcus Rivera at (803) 571-7008 or assistant director Brenda Spann at (803) 671-3361.