Huge congratulations are in order for a group of young men in Wichita! Kansas United 2029 is a youth basketball team coached by Dee Garland and they just got back from making history!
The Kansas United 2029 boys basketball team are the first ever AAU National Champions to come out of Wichita. The team banned together to beat other teams from across the country to win this title. Some of the teams came from South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas and New York to name a few. The team not only beat these tournament champion hopefuls, but they were eliminating teams by double digits in the first few phases of the tournament.
Head Coach Dee Garland gave the credit to the boys being mature, disciplined and willing to stay focused on learning, growing and of course winning. Garland pointed out many of the families played a role in the journey to the top, helping with fundraising efforts, keeping the boys focused on attending practices and when they traveled by planes and buses, staying focused on the the goal in mind: bringing home the trophy! And what a trophy it is! Videos of Coach Garland strapping the trophy into a seatbelt to make the flight back to Wichita can been seen on the teams social media pages.
This team is more than a basketball team full of ballers, they truly are family. I had a front row seat to their chemistry, fun loving friendships and killer instincts when I got to hang out with them for our interview. They were respectful and professional during the interview, but the minute the lights went out they hit the hardwood and were having fun shooting blocking defending and doing what they love: playing basketball.
What a tremendous accomplishment for this team. Coach Garland is leading the tam to greatness and has them back in action this weekend. Follow along wit these local stars – big things are in their future. You can follow them team and their success on their Facebook Page.