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Oswego Dad Starts Basketball Program for Girls

Sep 02, 2016 08:14PM ● Published by Steven Jack

An Oswego dad who wanted to give his daughters and girls like them an opportunity to play in a local feeder basketball program has launched the Oswego Future.

Jason Wiertel, an All-American athlete who graduated from Carthage College, will launch the program for Oswego area girls in grades 3-8 with a free clinic on Sunday, Sept. 11, at Oswego High School. Open tryouts will be held the following Sunday, Sept. 18, also at OHS.

"We don't really have a feeder program for girls basketball in Oswego, and I wanted to give girls who will be playing together in the future an opportunity to start playing together as soon as possible," Wiertel said.

After teams form, the Future season will begin in late September and will continue through early February. Practices will be held at Oswego High School with plans to play in the Road to Success league at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville. Practices will be held 1-2 times a week, Wiertel said. 

"We certainly want to be competitive, but also realize that comes with exposure to the game, skill development, hard work, and practice," he said.

Initially, the program will be open for girls who feed into Oswego High School. Wiertel said he hopes to grow the program in coming seasons and with more sports. Participation fee for the program is $450 and includes a full season of participation, custom uniforms, a shooting shirt, bag and more. 

For more information on the Oswego Future, including clinic and tryout times, check out, email Wiertel at or call 847-989-4200.


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