Francis has been supporting the Warriors enthusiastically since 1999. Each of three teams consist of 10 to 12 youth from the DC, Virginia and Maryland area.
I could not have asked for more in a mentor and coach than Coach Langley. He taught me everything about the game of basketball by making me play every position and I am proud to support his program in my hometown. I hope these boys find the same success on and off the court. –Steve Francis
The teams practice on Sundays while school is in session, and up to three or four times a week during the summer and holiday breaks. While the Foundation provides much needed support for the teams, the kids and parents are also very active in their community with fundraising in the form of car washes, concession stands, and bake sales. This is something near and dear to Francis, who washed many cars and sold many candy bars himself as a young Warrior. He believes that each team member should participate in fundraising activities just as he did.
The Warriors not only teach fundamentals and skill development, but are very successful in competition. In 2014, the 17 & Under Team were the Champions of the More Than Basketball Spring Jamboree in May 2014 and have not lost more than one game in any tournament for the 2013-2014 season. A few of the tournaments they competed in include Charlie Smith Memorial Classic, Playaz Spring Fling Tournament, and Hoop Group UAA Pitt Jam Fest. The 17 & Under team won the Potomac Valley Regional Championships during the 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 seasons. In 2006, the 10 & Under team won the National AAU Championship. Of the 10 that played in that tournament, 8 of the players have basketball scholarships and 1 has a football scholarship.
The DC Warriors Youth Basketball program uses basketball training to provide young people with an opportunity to improve their lives on and off the court. As with former player Steve Francis, the discipline and skills learned during the Warriors’ basketball experience are tools that can be applied in future life situations. Through SFF, the DC Warriors, in the last 21 years, has been able to continue the same basketball teaching and instruction for scores of youngsters that Steve himself received as a youth. –Coach Anthony Langley
All 8 of the 2014 17 & Under players have received college basketball scholarships. In total, 16 of the DC Warriors that played since 2006 currently have college athletic scholarships, 14 basketball and 2 football. The Warriors Point Guard Johnnie Shuler was named DC Gatorade Player of the Year and signed with La Salle University.
For more information please contact us or call Coach Tony Langley at (202) 491-2412. The two age groups are 8 & Under (birth year 2007, cannot turn 9 before September 1st) and 9 & Under (birth year 2006, cannot turn 10 before September 1st).