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Charlie Harper’s program in San Antonio recently went through a cultural shift, with his top travel teams now using the moniker, UBAVE, rather than Lady Rohawks. UBAVE is an anachronism for “Using Basketball as A Vehicle for Education.” The members of the UBAVE Black squad, which will be heading to Las Vegas for the upcoming FILA Sixty-Four event, must meet certain academic criteria in order to earn a roster spot.
“We changed the name of the teams because we wanted to make it clear how important education is to our program,” Harper said.
The FILA Sixty-Four, which will include over 48 national teams, will be played at the Westin Lake Las Vegas from July 27-30. This is one part of a series of previews for the FILA Sixty-Four where we will highlight the outstanding programs who will be competing.
“They all have their own strengths,” explained Harper. “Moriah has great speed, and she is a good shooter. Talisha is a very, very good defensive player who can hit the three and attack the basket. Kate can do a little of everything — hit the three, rebound, handle the ball, and she has a great mid-range game. Dessiere is just an offensive juggernaut. No one can stay in front of her, she has NBA three-point range, and she has a nice floater.”