Central Jersey Hawks - History
The Central Jersey Hawks Basketball Club began in 1990 with the formation of a 12 & under boys basketball team. In 1995 our girls program began with 3
teams. Today the CJ Hawks have 22 Boys and Girls teams in 2 through 12, with the purpose of providing our youth the opportunity to showcase their basketball talent
in addition to learning teamwork, sportsmanship and academic excellence.
The CJ Hawks have won 3 National AAU Championships, have finished in the top 4 in the nation 7 times, and 14 have finished in the "sweet 16"
in the National AAU Championships. The CJ Hawks have also won 49 NJAAU Association Championships. In addition, there have been numerous top finishes in prominent
national tournaments throughout the country.
The Central Jersey Hawks Basketball Club is now recognized by college coaches, scouts, and basketball publications as one of the elite programs across the country.
This fact is demonstrated by the roster of former CJ Hawk players who have played in and are now playing in the NCAA.
The Central Jersey Hawks season generally runs all year, with the exception of the high school season (Thanksgiving to March 15th). Younger teams usually begin in
February after grade and travel team seasons end. Each individual team coach decides on game and practice schedules. For a complete list of coaches and their respective
teams click on the team's link on the list at left.
The Shore Shoot-Out Basketball Tournament, sponsored by the CJ Hawks, is held over the Memorial Day holiday weekend for girls and the following weekend for
boys. The tournament has grown to one of the largest and most prestigious basketball events of the country. Last year over 270 teams participated in over 480
games over a three day period.
The Central Jersey Hawks Basketball Club is a participating member of AAU and also a proud member of the Kid Safe program wherein every coach is fingerprinted and
has a background check run by the NJ State Police and FBI.
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