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About g league

More than a league. 

G League prides itself on the development of Sarasota youth in all regards - meaning basketball skillset comes second to the growth of our players character, their social skills, team camaraderie, and positive self-talk and encouragement through the challenges and adversity sport can provide. G League is simply a tool to help our children become healthy adults who respond and tackle adversity and the challenges life brings by building the habits needed through our league. It takes a village, and our G League community is a strong positive force where we all share a role.

our philosophy
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Players PLAY

Our players display sportsmanship, embrace adversity, learn to control the controllable, and are exposed to the integral value of teamwork all while developing their skillset. Above all, our players have FUN!

COaches Coach

Our staff has years of playing and coaching experience at all levels, as well as numerous volunteers that embody the G League culture. Our coaches are entrusted to lead by example and leave a lasting impression on our players.

officials make the calls

G League hires only certified officials accredited through GCBOA. Our officials encourage, teach, and promote respect and safe play.

LEAGUE DIRECTOR

parents cheer for everyone

Our fans play an integral role in helping G League maintain a fun and family friendly environment. Parents are expected to support, encourage and display proper sideline etiquette at ALL times.

PROUD COMMUNITY PARTNER

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GET TO KNOW US

Gianna vastola

League Founder & Director 

Gianna is a Sarasota native who recognized her basketball ability and enjoyment at an early age and pursued the sport. She was a 1,000 point scorer at Riverview High School and earned a scholarship to Coastal Georgia in 2013, where she started as a freshman. She then transferred to Florida Southern her sophomore season and led her team to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in 2016. Gianna again joined the 1,000 point club at Florida Southern before graduating with a degree in Business Administration in 2017. A few short years after graduating, Gianna began to form a basketball league in 2019 with 18 players and two teams. Within 3 years, G League has grown to provide Sarasota over 30 teams each season, After School Programs, and Summer Camps. Gianna had no idea G League would grow to become such a large community of families that it is today. Gianna's league resembles who she is daily; a league that prides itself on a culture of compassion, being a great teammate, and standing on strong character. G League's mission is to guide participants through basketball to help prepare them to make a positive impact toward others on and off the basketball court. 

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Childhood Movie: Elf

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Jeni's Gooey Butter Cake 

Favorite Dessert: Clarabell's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Favorite Song: This Is Me - Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman

Hidden Talent: Unicyclist (Thanks to Wilkinson Elementary P.E. Staff - Mrs. Snyder & Ms. Locke)

Favorite Quote: Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming. - John Wooden

Favorite Part of G League: Watching players create new memories and lifelong friends

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brittany clark

Assistant League Director 

Brittany became a part of the G League family in Fall 2021, after moving to Sarasota earlier that summer. Brittany has eight years of collegiate coaching experience at NCAA Division I & II, and NJCAA levels. She was previously a Head Coach at Harcum College, a junior college in Philadelphia, where she won a Region Championship and District Coach of the Year honors. She led her team to several Top 20 rankings, finished 3rd in the nation in the WBCA Academic Honor Roll, and a National Tournament appearance for the second time in school history. Her other coaching stints included Queens University of Charlotte and Virginia Tech. Brittany earned an Associate's degree in Sport's Management while winning a Region Championship and finishing 8th in the country at Harcum College, earned a Bachelor's from Coastal Georgia, and her Master's while working at VT. She ranks in the Top 10 in 3PT% and 3PT Field Goals at both colleges she attended. Brittany loves the Florida sunshine and living close to the beach and her parents, who reside near Clearwater. Since arriving to Florida, Brittany often finds herself in the ocean saying out loud, "What a life! I can't believe I live here!"

Favorite Color: Pink & Teal 

Favorite Childhood Movie: Pocahontas

Favorite Book: No Easy Jesus - Jason Mitchell

Fun Fact: Cheerleading was my first love!

Favorite Quote: "If you want to hear God laugh tell Him your plans."

Favorite Song: Lover of My Soul - Jonathan McReynolds OR Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen

Favorite Hobby: Solo travel trips, listening to music, & riding my bike to Siesta Key Beach

Favorite Part of G League: "The energy and excitement the G Leaguers bring each week to practice and games makes it so enjoyable. I'm grateful Gianna has welcomed me in to such a great culture and community of people. I've had a flood of memories from my early basketball days where I fell in love with the game. I love that I get to witness G League participants fall in love with basketball each week, too!" 

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