Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

New teams forming

July 24, 2014

The Grosse Pointe Lakers will be a registered AAU club and will offer teams for boys and girls second to sixth grades in the Grosse Pointe community.

The club will offer seasonal camps, two playing seasons during the calendar year (fall/winter-1, winter-2/spring), and will offer one team per age group, with a 10-person roster for each gender.

Each season will coincide with the AAU Detroit leagues. GP Lakers teams will compete in the D-Leagues, play in the BCAM events and play in one to two friendship tournaments. Tournament play is dictated by each individual team and commitment.

The D-Leagues provide mid-level AAU competition, weekly games, local venues and appropriate age brackets.

The GP Lakers will have two directors who will oversee the club. Kevin Richards is the basketball director and Stephen Benard is the administration director. The club will also have a four-person board made up of parent volunteers who will assist the club directors.

The club director will have the final say on all items.

The treasurer will handle all monies for the season, team bank account, paying for practice, tournaments, leagues and coaching for the season.

The scheduler will work with the head coach to schedule all tournaments, leagues, scrimmages and practices for the team.

The fundraising and sponsorship board member will communicate and organize all fundraising efforts for the season. Some teams may choose not to fundraise.

A volunteer coach will coach the team.

This summer the Grosse Pointe Lakers will hold a kick-off camp and official tryouts are held in late October.

The inaugural Grosse Pointe Lakers Basketball Camp is Aug. 18 to 21 at the Grosse Pointe Academy, 171 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day and drop-off starts at 8:30 a.m.

The cost is $100 per camper, and the directors are Richards, Grosse Pointe South varsity girls basketball coach, and Benard, Madison Heights Madison varsity girls basketball coach and owner of Midwest Athletics.

Register at and mail registration to GP Lakers, 1145 Berkshire, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230.

For more information, contact Richards at (313) 244-1523 or or Benard at (313) 580-0351 or

The team website is It gives more information.