Week 3: Elgin Maroons
The Chicago Sky has selected Elgin High School as the third weekly winner of its 2016 “High School Team of the Week” program. Elgin receives the honor after being nominated for their remarkable impact in the community, as well as academic and athletic accomplishments.
The Elgin Maroons have one of the largest high school girls’ basketball programs in Illinois, with more than 80 girls playing on varsity, sophomore and freshman level teams. The program’s greatest feat this season has been the freshman girls’ team winning its holiday tournament, which was only the program’s second tournament title of any kind in the last 20 years. The Maroons pride themselves on their sportsmanship and the strides they have made as athletes and individuals each season.
In the classroom, the Maroons have combined for a 3.0 team grade point average. The players dedicate much of their time off the court to volunteering in the community. They have helped with elementary students in the area through the ‘Elgin High School Mighty Acorns Program’ to teach students about environmental science and through the ‘School District U-46 Reading Nights’ to read books to young students.
Elgin is the third team to be acknowledged as a 2016 award recipient. As a Chicago Sky “High School Basketball Team of the Week” award winner, the Elgin Maroons are invited to enjoy a Chicago Sky game, where they will have the opportunity to watch the world’s best female basketball players. At halftime of the game, the team will be honored at center court.