Helping Kids Win On and Off the Court

By Matt DeLaere, Marketing

Powerstroke Grade 6 Boys, AYBT National Champions
Powerstroke Grade 6 Boys, AYBT National Champions

Congratulations to the Powerstroke Boys Grade 6 basketball team, champions of the American Youth Basketball Tour’s national tournament in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Stahls’ is proud to sponsor the team, which stresses sportsmanship and personal development in addition to athletics.

 Southfield, Michigan’s Powerstroke Athletic Club uses basketball to teach discipline, personal responsibility, and accountability.  Powerstroke, founded by former Ford Motor Company Vice President of Global Quality Bennie Fowler, requires its players to perform well at school and at home in an effort to develop not just athletes, but young men and women of character.  All coaches are working professionals who volunteer their time and efforts to teaching kids how to play the right way.

 One of those coaches is Stahls’ very own Rick Genrich, Director of Global Procurement & Distribution. Rick helped lead the team of 11 Metro Detroit area sixth graders to their first championship in four visits to the Fort Wayne tournament. The team also finished as state runner-up at the 2011 AAU Detroit and 2010 AAU Kalamazoo tournaments.

 “We have a great group of kids who are also extremely talented athletes and basketball players,” Rick says.

 The emphasis on the overall development of the players continues when the topic turns to Ted Stahl. “He truly and sincerely believes in what we are doing and he appreciates the opportunity to help kids develop as people and players.”

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