The DuBois Dream started out as just that, a dream for founder Albert Varacallo.
Since then, they grew into a semi-professional basketball team in Clearfield County known for giving back to their community. “I’m going to continue to give back because they’re allowing me to pursue my dreams,” says Varacallo.
This year they’re looking to be a part of the ESPN winner take all tournament again. It’s where the DuBois Dream team got its start 2 years ago when they played a Syracuse alumni team in the first round. While they didn’t come out on top that year, the underdogs are now hungry for a win this time.
The winnings are a hefty cash prize that Varacallo says the team doesn’t plan on keeping all to themselves. “It felt kind of selfish for me to just play for two million dollars,” adds the founder.
Instead, they’ll be giving back to multiple non-profits, including one that’s close to Varacallo’s heart, the Dr. Albert Varacallo Foundation, set up for his late father. “I’m really viewing it as a platform to help out others,” adds Varacallo.
The Dream has a focus for the youth and wants to expand their programs for them. They say they hope this tournament can put DuBois on the map and give their supporters a national recognition.
However, To make these plans happen they need to be voted in the tournament. You can vote the team into the tournament here.