UNION, NJ – Basketball players from grades 3 – 12 had fun shooting hoops on Saturday at Union’s first Basketball Skills Challenge at Weber Park.

“Our first ever Basketball Skills Challenge, a part of our Parks and Recreation Month events, was a great opportunity for some of our talented basketball players to showcase their abilities,” said Department of Recreation Superintendent DJ Salvante. 

The challenge consisted of two events to test skills:  shots for points and a timed event to test dribbling skills and ball handling.

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“Basketball is a great game,” said Monica Moore, who watched as her three sons competed in the challenge.  “It’s a great way to get kids motivated.  My husband coaches basketball, so for us it’s a great way for our family to spend time together.”  Moore’s two youngest sons placed first and second in the 3-5 grade group.  Her older son Michael competed in the grade 6-8 group.

“From the level of competition, it’s apparent that the Township of Union is home to highly skilled and focused basketball talent, not only evident by the winners, but the entire group of participants,” said Salvante.


Grades 3-5:
First Place:         Derek Moore
Second Place:   Josh Moore
Third Place:       Navan Hinton

Grades 6-8:
First Place:         Maurice Harrell
Second Place:    Christian Pierre
Third Place:        Carl Cole

Grades 9-12:

First Place:         Jakai Johnson
Second Place:    David Solon

“I can definitely see this Skills Challenge becoming an annual Township event,” said Salvante, “and even more basketball competition being brought to the town via the Recreation Department.”