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 Hidden Gems HoopFest

Mt. Vernon Nazarene University

March 28th & 29th 2015

4 Game Guarantee ~ Live Video Streaming ~ Reviews & Rankings ~ College Coaches in Attendance 

Team Registration Fee $275 ~ Multi-team Discounts 

For Registration Info Contact Lucius Jones- 614-330-1861 ~

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2nd Annual Marion Basketball Challenge

April 24th, 25th, 26th, 2015

River Valley High School - Marion, OH

Grades 4th - 5th - 6th - 7th - 8th - 9th - 10/11th

Click Logo To Go Directly to OYB Site for registration


1st Annual Hidden Gem Classic   (Girls) click to access OYB Girls

April 10th, 11th, 12th

Grades 4th-5th-6th-7th-8th-9th-10/11th - Entry Fee $300.00 

Marion, OH




Hidden Gems N.W. Skills Academy:

Some children are early bloomers who enjoy success in sports because they develop faster, not because they have more raw athletic talent.  Some children - even if they appear to only be average athletes or lag behind his peers - may be late bloomers whose athletic talent will only become apparent later when they are teenagers; they may ultimately be more gifted athletes. 


The unfortunate fact is that, in a society and youth sports culture that places such a heavy emphasis on winning, an early bloomer enjoys advantages that may continue long after peers have caught up and, in many cases, passed him in terms of skill proficiency.  As  a result, a late bloomer will be put at a significant disadvantage in getting the attention of coaches and the playing time he needs to develop his skills, and may get so frustrated that quitting the sport becomes the only viable option

Hidden Gems offers training to assist kids of all level improve every facet of their skill development while providing later opportunities for further exposure & collegiate exposure.

Players will receive Reversible Academy Jerseys & Hidden Gems Socks

Grades 6th-10th

Registration ends March 10th, 2015

(10 weeks) Sessions 2x per week tues./thurs. 6-8 p.m.

Parents will have opportunity to engage athletes in a

variety of tournaments, where HG gear may be worn.

Register today online:

or Call Academy Program Director Keith Lenoir- 740-751-9364 (spots are limited)


St. Mary's Youth Basketball League

Directors: Marcus McCants & Kristin Iden

Where: St. Mary's School (Marion, Ohio)

Schedule: tentative Monday-Wednesday Evening.

(Additional days dependent upon registration volume)

Start Date: TBD (Mid March-May)

Skills Sessions once a week/games once a week

Cost- $275 per team./Individual registration option

League Staff runs skills session & provides referees

*Each team responsible for Coach on Game days.


NWCO Steam "Elite Gems Youth Program"

Grades 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Click Image for official website: Program Director Roger Jury



* Online Payment & Registration

* Magazine Fundraising Store

* Professional Basketball Placement

* Collegiate Basketball Placement

* High School & Middle School Showcases 

* Personal Training - $15 Per Session

* AAU Male

* H.S. Rankings/College Subscriptions

* Verbal Commits National Analyst Event Coverage

* Tournaments - Men's, Women's, Youth 

* Article Links to Hidden Gems Success Stories

* Youth Clinics

* Photo Albums for All Facets
* MessageBoards & LIVE Chatrooms

* 35 & Over Teams = Columbus & Marion


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