Clutch City Youth Hoops has been teaching basketball to the youth across Southeast Houston for the past six years. The founder of the organization, Coach Stephen Norl, started off as a volunteer coach at the local YMCA and has since grown his program from teaching 10 kids to actively serving over 1,000 kids per year through weekly training sessions, camps, and community events. The mission of Clutch City’s programs, which range from second grade beginners to tenth grade competitors, is to provide the chance for players to develop their fundamental skills on the court, learn valuable life lessons through team sports, and develop a mental approach towards the game of basketball and the game of life.
Clutch City Hoops also emphasizes a code of ethics based upon honesty, accountability, responsibility, and team work. The players are then called to act on this code of ethics by participating in various community service projects and cultivating community awareness at a young age. Clutch City has started a non-profit organization called The Clutch Closet where kids and parents can donate new or gently used basketball clothes to underprivileged children in the Houston community. Additionally, their players have volunteered at homeless shelters and packed and delivered food to those in need. To this day, the coaches at Clutch City continue to work with and volunteer their time at various YMCAs throughout the South Houston area.
This organization works to cultivate a safe and disciplined yet fun environment for the players and their families so that every child can reach their full potential. They host an after-season party for the kids and parents to come together to celebrate and discuss their hard work on and off the court. Clutch City plans to use their Under Armour gift card to purchase new equipment for the organization.