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Dayton Youth Basketball Team Wins National Championship In Florida

The Gem City Heat team is recognized at the Dayton City Commission meeting on Wednesday, July 21. Jonathan Washington, left, is a team coach for the Dayton youth basketball team.
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The Gem City Heat team is recognized at the Dayton City Commission meeting on Wednesday, July 21. Jonathan Washington, left, is a team coach for the Dayton youth basketball team.

Gem City Heat, a Dayton youth basketball team, took home the Amateur Athletic Union National Championship trophy in Florida earlier this month.

The Gem City Heat, a Dayton youth basketball team, took home the Amateur Athletic Union National Championship trophy in Florida earlier this month.

The team of rising fifth and sixth grade boys were honored at a Dayton Commission meeting on Wednesday.

Jonathan Washington, a team coach, said at the meeting that getting to this point took a lot of effort and discipline.

“These young men have worked hard since early March to get to this point today," Washington said.

Gem City Heat is a nonprofit youth basketball organization that gives local kids a chance to participate in athletics at little or no cost.