About Us-The Swarm Story
The Oklahoma Swarm was founded in 2007 as a single girls 4th grade basketball team. Since that time we have grown to be the largest, most successful competitive girls program in the state. In 2016 the Swarm included 17 teams. Those teams have won over 25 state AAU titles, and numerous National Championships including Adidas, Mid America Youth basketball and Prime Time Sports
Our success on the court is a direct reflection of the way we approach basketball and the life lessons we hope to instill in our players. That is that all things are possible if you are willing to dream, set goals, work hard and believe in yourself and your team. That belief is summed up in the Swarm’s motto, “Dream, Believe, Achieve”.
To meet our growth and provide the Swarm a home base for practice, training and games we open The Hive in April 2016.
The Swarm is a registered 501c3, non-profit organization.
We believe that competitive sports when done right teaches youth life lessons that they don't adequately learn anywhere else. Through basketball girls and boys can learn skills that will serve them well beyond the court, in school, work and life. Therefore, our mission is to provide players with a positive environment to develop individual, team and life skills that will prepare them to succeed in basketball, school and life.
The Swarm was born in 2007. We started at the YMCA with the intimidating name, "The Flying Nachos". We pressed and played up-tempo and after a game an opposing parent came up and asked our name. I told him and he said we should change it to the Swarm for the way we "swarmed to the ball." So be it. We became the SWARM. At the same time Jim Perinovic was coaching my son's team. I copied everything he did and our Y team grew into three. The whole time I was trying to convince Jim to help coach. He was adamant that he did not coach girls. Eventually, I got him to help train the girls and eventually he dropped his boys team and became the coach of the 2016s from 4th grade thru high school.