VICENZA, Italy (May 8, 2019) -- The Child Youth Services, Youth Sports & Fitness program has just wrapped up a fun winter season of basketball and cheerleading, which allowed athletes the opportunity to continue to develop and gain experience in sport during their time overseas. Over the winter season, two special events showcased these opportunities, and the impact they have on youth athletes.

The first event was the popular Installation Management Command-Europe tournament held from March 8-10, in which the Vicenza Juniors (ages 13-15) competed. The teams traveled to Ramstein, Germany, to compete in a double-elimination tournament, facing teams from Army garrisons throughout Europe.

The boys' team played three tough games, defeating Ansbach, Baumholder and Bavaria. They finished fourth out of 11 teams. The girls' team, after losing their first game, fought their way out of the losers' bracket and won six straight games en route to a close loss in the championship game. The girls brought an IMCOM-Europe trophy to Vicenza for the first time in years, finishing in second place behind Landstuhl. Athletes from both teams remain motivated and driven to return to the tournament next season.

The second event was the IMCOM-Europe Cheer Showcase, which took place from March 22-24, in which the Vicenza Cheer Team showed off their skills, hard work and spirit. A total of 10 cheer teams from around Europe were provided the opportunity to participate in the competition. In preparation for the event, the Vicenza team worked diligently throughout the season, performing at basketball games, cheering with and for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders during their Super Bowl Week visit and holding additional practices. In a gymnasium filled with boisterous fans, the Vicenza team remained composed and ready for the stage while conducting their complex, 15-minute long routine. The Vicenza cheerleaders will return ready to dance, cheer and sound off later this year.

As the summer months draw near, there are several clinics to keep youth active and engaged. All clinics are open enrollment and cost $25 each. Enrollment closes the Wednesday prior to the start of each clinic.

Youth Sports will be kicking the summer off with an "All Sports Clinic" providing the youth a range of sports and physical fitness and team exercises, to include sports that will be offered in the future. Going forward, other clinics offered will include: Tennis/Flag Football; Agility, Speed, and Conditioning Camp; Soccer; Lacrosse; Volleyball/Archery; Basketball; and a Wellness Camp.

For more information, refer to the CYS Summer Activities trifold, or call the office at 0444-61-7160 or 0444-61-7161. Those interested in volunteer coaching roles for youth sports may also contact the aforementioned number.

Lastly, Youth Sports would like to thank and recognize all of our volunteer coaches and parents that helped with the facilitation of the sports season. It is because of their commitment to the program that it is possible to develop and enhance young lives for the better through sport.