Flushing residents helping aspiring basketball players with Supreme Hoops – QNS.com
Supreme Hoops founders Anthony Scifo (left) and Anthony Rizzo (right). (Photo courtesy of Supreme Hoops)
Since the foundation supreme hoops Together in 2016, Flushing residents Anthony Scifo and Anthony Rizzo made it their mission to help aspiring basketball players develop and hone their skills. Scifo and Rizzo pass on their love of the game to children as young as kindergarten age all the way up to professional gamers.
Scifo and Rizzo have loved basketball for as long as they can remember. They even met at Holy Cross Basketball Camp when they were 8 years old. Now, over 20 years later, the two remain close friends.
“We’re just local kids trying to give back to the community,” Scifo said.
According to Scifo, Supreme Hoops now has five staff members who help provide training for their students.
“Each of them either [previously] trained with us or are from the Queens area,” Scifo said. “One of them spends every day of the week working as a teacher before working with us in the [late afternoon or] night.”
Rizzo attributes his work experience as a coach to DAC Sports’ youth basketball program for inspiring him and Scifo to create Supreme Hoops.
“Their program was our concept source,” Rizzo said.
He also thanked DAC President and Sports Program Director John Zullo for contributing to his desire to help young people. Rizzo worked for DAC Sports as a basketball coach when he was 19 years old.
Since its inception in 2016, Supreme Hoops has grown from two to four customers to over 250. Some of them are already preparing or playing in top basketball programs at universities or even professional leagues around the world. . Among those players are Hassan Diarra of Texas A&M, Bryant University commitment Todd Rochelle, Will Lee of Palm Beach State and Baylee Steele of the Polish Basketball League.
Scifo and Rizzo try to make everyone who works with and for their organization feel welcome.
“We want to create a fun, family-friendly environment for the people who work for us and train with us,” Scifo said. Maybe some of the kids they’re currently coaching might one day play in the NBA.