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(E) Support two youth from Croatia to further their development at Tabor Academy
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  06/13/2006 | Sports | Unrated
(E) Support two youth from Croatia to further their development at Tabor Academy



Join us as we support two youth from Croatia

to further their development as student-athletes at Tabor Academy

Istria Sports Club
28-09 Astoria Blvd, Queens, NY 11102

7pm June 21 ST

$25 at the door includes appetizers

Contact Chris Matesic 646-831-1522


My name is Chris Matesic I am a Croatian-American New Yorker! My father is from Zadar and grew up in Rijeka and my mother was born in Rijeka and came to the US via Genoa, Italy. I have been a basketball coach/trainer in NYC for over five years. I have worked with many elite student-athletes preparing to play college basketball and beyond. It is always been a dream of mine to work with my friends and family in Croatia to bring Croatian players over to the states to train as student-athlete basketball players.

I am bringing over two boys Ivan Biondic and Alen Blesic from Rijeka to attend Tabor Academy, a prestigious prep school in Massachusetts. During these two years I will be supporting them to get a basketball scholarship to a University to further their studies in the
US. Ivan and Alen will be pioneers in our new non-profit “Basketball for Champions.” It is the vision of the organization to inspire young to people to be champions in school, on the court and in life! It is our intention that the young people that participate in our programs ultimately be of service to the community. The inspiration for Basketball for Champions came from the late great Drazen Petrovic, a Croatian champion who was of great service to the Croatian community around the world.

We are promoting a fundraiser for the boy’s expenses at the Istria Sports Club in Astoria, Queens, New York. The information is on the flyer on the website:

We invite you all to come and be a part of special evening to celebrate the arrival of two Croatian boys on their journey to the US.

With great respect,

Chris Matesic

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