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Lynchburg’s Basketball Boarding School Introduces Players


Lynchburg,VA- The Hill City's first basketball boarding school has started up, and the students of the Genesis Academy hit the streets of downtown Lynchburg Friday to introduce themselves.

The President has tried to make this happen for the past three years. Most of the time has been spent trying to find a place for the school. He finally found a spot at the Presbyterian Home and Family Services, and Family Alliance. And, not the first students at the school are ready to hits the books and the court.

A parade of players hit downtown Lynchburg running, dribbling, and they hope making a statement about their new school.

"We're Genesis Academy. We're young men, we're young Christians, and we're young basketball players," said Armani Branch, a student at the Genesis Academy.

"We are going to represent Lynchburg is a positive way. We are going to turn this city out," said Devon Marsh, a student at Genesis Academy.

From the sound of things they already have some big fans. The players' parents followed their parade by car cheering, and honking all the way.

The 15 guys are the first students at Harry William's basketball boarding school 'Team Genesis Academy'.

"The goal is to provide an opportunity for young men to better themselves as a whole. It's a brotherhood," said Harry Williams, president for Genesis Academy.

He says they will learn how to become better b-ball players and better men guided by faith.

"The traits and the skills that they are going to learn while they are here are going to set them apart from their peers for the rest of their lives," said Williams.

Most of the players have big dreams of playing ball in the big leagues.

"I'd love to make it to the NBA, or college basketball and get an education," said Branch.

There is a lot of pressure on them being the first team of the school, but it doesn't seem to bother them one bit.

"I'm not nervous. I don't have a nervous bone in my body," said Marsh.

The team has a schedule of about 26 games. Their first game is in November. They will play other nationally recognized independent or private high schools.

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