Posted by Carten Cordell / Monday, June 13th, 2011
If the Washington Wizards aren’t giving you much to cheer about these days, perhaps you should turn to Northern Virginia’s new professional basketball team, the NoVA Wonders.
The Wonders are an expansion team in the once defunct American Basketball Association and will compete in the 2011-2012 season. The team will host a tryout in Chantilly on Saturday, July 9.
In a press release, ABA CEO Joe Newman said his league has had its eyes on NoVA for a while and is excited about the people they have in place to run the expansion squad.
“In Jacqueline “Jackie” Smith, Cassandra Warren and Joy Pickett, we have found three great women to own and operate the team, all with extraordinary basketball and business experience,” says Newman in the press release. “I have no doubt that the NoVA Wonders are going to be a spectacular addition to the ABA.”
The original ABA merged with the National Basketball Association after its 1976 season, but ABA 2.0 is bigger than ever. The league had 24 teams last season in locations ranging from Seattle, Wash., to Jacksonville, Fla., and plans to expand even more with teams like the Wonders.
ABA-style basketball is centered around a more high-powered offense, with scores often soaring past triple digits for both teams. The league is also focused on community involvement and, according to their website, so are the NoVA Wonders.
“The NoVA Wonders maintain the ABA’s philosophy of promoting community-based, exciting, high scoring, above the rim professional basketball entertainment,” the team states on their website. “We want our audience and fans to reflect our community and we are committed to making a positive impact in the Northern Virginia area through partnerships with non-profit and community based organizations.”
The Wonders’ schedule is not set in stone yet, but they will begin play late this November.
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