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Photo via LunarNYC
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The Queens-based LunarNYC Warriors basketball program’s women’s open division team recently won the 37th annual North American Chinese Basketball Tournament in Madison, WI.

After not losing a game throughout the tournament, the team defeated fellow Big Apple team, the NYC Sabres, in the finals 42-31 to win the championship, ending the tournament undefeated.

With the victory, LunarNYC, formerly called U.S. Asian Basketball Inc., now has its 14th North American Chinese Basketball Invitational Championship victory since its inception in 2001.

The LunarNYC Warriors basketball program is for Asian-American players ranging from middle school, high school and college-aged students and has facilities in Flushing and Long Island City.

More than 20 of the program’s students have been playing college basketball since its inception in 2003, including at Northeastern, the University of Pittsburgh and CalTech.

Jiang Yu, the program’s founder, created the LunarNYC Warriors in order to offer free basketball training to lower income children in New York City, an opportunity he did not have growing up.

“I couldn’t afford to take part in basketball education as a kid,” said Yu, “but I don’t want other people to be deprived of this important experience.”

The championship win also comes with the hope that the North American Chinese Basketball Tournament will come to New York City in the future, the city last hosted the tournament in 1999.

Basketball, however, is just the tip of the iceberg for what Yu hopes to accomplish with LunarNYC.

“The idea is to help to unite Asian cultures for the common goal of helping one another,” said Yu.

LunarNYC, which stands for New Year Celebration as well showcasing the organization’s hometown, is a non-profit organization with a mission “to empower youth between the ages of 5 years old to 25 years old while promoting Diversity, Love, Unity, Peace, and Prosperity.”

Along with spearheading efforts for improved Chinese community outreach and services for members of the military and veterans, one of Yu’s goals for LunarNYC in the future is to bring a Chinese New Year Parade to New York City.

“The dream is to have a Lunar New Year parade down Fifth Avenue,” said Yu. “If there’s a St. Patrick’s Day Parade and a Puerto Rican Day Parade, why not a Lunar New Year Parade?”

“It’s all about helping each other,” said Yu. “I want to leave a legacy of paying it forward.”

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