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Article posted: 2/9/2013 8:00 AM

New Christian-based basketball program in Elgin

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Sam Scharnowski, foreground, and Max Wiskirchen, sitting, plan to enroll in Epic Youth, a new Christian-based program in Elgin that focuses on using basketball to develop leadership skills and encourage kids to attend college.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

Justin Anthony coaches basketball in Elgin. He and Josie Wallace are founders of Epic Youth, a new Christian-based program in Elgin that focuses on using basketball to develop leadership skills and encourage kids to attend college.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

Justin Anthony and Josie Wallace, background, are founders of Epic Youth, a new Christian-based program in Elgin that focuses on using basketball to develop leadership skills and encourage kids to attend college.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

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Justin Anthony and Josie Wallace are founders of EPIC Youth, a new Christian-based program in Elgin.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

Students like seventh-grader Daz Cooks, front, plan to enroll in Epic Youth, a new Christian-based program in Elgin that focuses on using basketball to develop leadership skills and encourage kids to attend college.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

Justin Anthony and Josie Wallace are founders of Epic Youth, a new Christian-based program in Elgin that focuses on using basketball to develop leadership skills and encourage kids to attend college.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

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Childhood friends Justin Anthony and Josie Wallace, of Elgin, are the co-founders of Epic Youth, a new Christian-based program in Elgin that combines basketball with leadership development and college preparation. "We're doing this so these kids can start to think bigger and understand there's more to life than what they see in their daily life in Elgin," Anthony said. "We're bringing them in through basketball, but we really want to reach them on a much, much deeper level."
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    • Sam Scharnowski, foreground, and Max Wiskirchen, sitting, plan to enroll in Epic Youth, a new Christian-based program in Elgin that focuses on using basketball to develop leadership skills and encourage kids to attend college.
    • Justin Anthony coaches basketball in Elgin. He and Josie Wallace are founders of Epic Youth, a new Christian-based program in Elgin that focuses on using basketball to develop leadership skills and encourage kids to attend college.
    • Justin Anthony and Josie Wallace, background, are founders of Epic Youth, a new Christian-based program in Elgin that focuses on using basketball to develop leadership skills and encourage kids to attend college.
    • Justin Anthony and Josie Wallace are founders of EPIC Youth, a new Christian-based program in Elgin.
    • Students like seventh-grader Daz Cooks, front, plan to enroll in Epic Youth, a new Christian-based program in Elgin that focuses on using basketball to develop leadership skills and encourage kids to attend college.
    • Justin Anthony and Josie Wallace are founders of Epic Youth, a new Christian-based program in Elgin that focuses on using basketball to develop leadership skills and encourage kids to attend college.
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