Who Are We
Cleveland Basketball (“CB”) is a community-based basketball program for boys in grades K-12, living in the area served by Cleveland High School (“CHS”). Created in 2007, the program has offered playing opportunities to athletes for the past 12 years, and has been committed to and still remains the go-to for athletes in the Cleveland boundary/cluster & surrounding SE Portland area.
The purpose of Cleveland Basketball is two-fold:
To provide fun & challenging basketball experiences to boys in grades K-12
To serve as a feeder program for the CHS boys basketball program
What makes CB unique from other youth organizations is that we are a non-profit, ran by a board of directors consisting of Cleveland parents, CHS Alumni, and volunteers. We have a lot of volunteers helping who are also parents (both youth parents & high school ones), and even current and former Cleveland boys basketball athletes. This past year, we provided entry level coaching jobs to 4 different former Varsity athletes from CHS. Many of the parents helping have attended Cleveland High School themselves, and now have children who have either played in, or are currently playing in the youth or high school segments as well. From time to time, we even see support from Grandparents who attended CHS and who now have grandchildren headed to Cleveland. Our families, community relationships, and strong ties to the local high school mean that we are invested in, and fully committed to upholding our mission for multiple generations of Cleveland athletes.
We are also an independent organization from PPS/PIL, responsible for all of our own operating costs and paving our own path. A common misconception is that we are tied to and sponsored by the school district, but we are NOT. We represent the community within Cleveland, as we always have, and have been around for many years prior to the local school district’s creation of youth sports. In our first 7 years of operation, CB solely formed teams to play in Three Rivers League (“TRL”). At that time, TRL was one of the major places for grade school & middle school aged kids to play. In 2014, PPS began offering their own league within Portland to 6th-8th grade students in their schools. Although CB did not participate in the league in it’s 1st year, we began facilitating 6 of our teams to play in the PIL in 2015 to help their mission of building a local school sports program.
We support PPS/PIL and their efforts to give kids in our area a cost-effective league to play in, while also continuing to offer playing options of our own. Because our operations have always been autonomous, we have the ability to offer basketball to more age groups, divide into several tiers based on skill level, and create teams for the competitive and/or basketball-centric families that enjoy participating in a variety of leagues and tournaments year-round. Our program currently houses more than 25 teams aged 3rd grade-high school, and each year, we raise funds as a club to be able to offer scholarships, enhance the basketball experience for players and coaches, acknowledge & celebrate families, and on occasion support the Cleveland High School boy’s basketball program when they have needs.
Our organization also employs some of the CHS coaches as youth coaches for our highly-skilled traveling teams during Fall, Winter, & Spring. In addition, we employ them for our high school travel teams during the Summer season as well. They are NOT employees of PPS/PIL when coaching under our organization, but they equally share in the goal of building the youth feeding into their basketball program at the high school level.
If you are interested in volunteering, we could always use an extra hand! Our community is truly one-of-a-kind and we thank everyone for their continued support!
What We Offer
Year-round playing opportunities for youth & high school athletes with our club organization.
In each segment, we offer 3 tiers:
High School tiers-
Frosh, JV , Varsity -or- 15u, 16u, 17u
Beginner (REC), Intermediate (HOOP), and Competitive (Warrior Prep)
We are committed to utilizing the game of basketball as a tool for developing the players in our community as people. Please check out the Boys Youth or our High School tabs to find information about the current or upcoming season.