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Two Cortlandt Girls Turn Hopes into 'Hoops 4 U' Court on Young St.

Sixth-graders Catherine Mazza and Angelie Tomais wanted a basketball court, so they designed one and worked with the Town to make it happen.

Two sixth-grade Young Street residents will no longer have to complain to their parents about being bored. And neither will their neighborhood friends, thanks to them.

Catherine Mazza and Angelie Tomais were bored and itching to play some basketball last summer so they made a scrapbook about how they would turn unused public land at the end of their dead-end block into a community basketball court.

They took their plans to Cortlandt Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi and asked her if she would help. The supervisor and town officials got on board and the girls got to work creating “Hoops 4 U,” which was opened yesterday.

The half-basketball court is located at the end of Young Street, on the northern end of Cortlandt. About thirty families live on the block and many of them were present to congratulate the girls on a job well done and to shoot some hoops at the opening ceremony. Dozens of neighborhood girls lined up to make a basket after the event, indicating Hoops 4 U would surely be a favorite local spot.

The two girls were involved in the design, equipment selection, bidding, marketing and other aspects of the project.

“It feels good to get something accomplished,” said Tomais. “You know what I mean? We did something good.”

Watch the video above to hear more from the girls and Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi.

Lisa Spittal June 25, 2012 at 02:39 PM
congratulations girls this is awesome !
Jon Sebastian December 01, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Court had been up since June and these kids have played basketball maybe twice. This was a waste of town money. The only thing it's used for is kids hanging out smoking and drinking at night.
Greg Russo March 11, 2013 at 12:38 AM
It is a wonderful thing, not a waste of money, since the girls went through the painstaking task of getting it up, someone should step up and take care of it instead of bringing negativity before thr town takes it away.parents should go there and pratice with there kids instead of watching sports on TV.

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