During the summer of 1996, Aggie McCormick decided to move boldly to pursue a dream that she had to start an AAU basketball program that would offer more opportunities for community youth. She knew that while there were a couple of choices for girls in the area who wished to compete at the AAU level, there was no meaningful local northern virginia organization that was available in the Fairfax County area for boys to play AAU basketball without having to travel to Maryland or the District of Columbia.
What Aggie did not realize at the time, was that there was also a growing demand for more opportunities for young girls to play AAU basketball. As a former coach with another AAU organization, as well as a high school coach, Aggie quickly learned that there were more potential players who wanted to play AAU basketball than there were opportunities. Accordingly, with the help of Bob McCormick, Bob Dix, and a few others, Aggie founded the Fairfax Stars AAU basketball program with plans to field teams for the 1997 AAU season. The organization would include teams for boys and girls and the goal of the Fairfax Stars was simple and clear. We would invite qualified coaches to join the program who shared a knowledge and commitment to fundamental skill development for the student-athletes whose ambition was to compete at the AAU level with the Fairfax Stars. The measure of success would not be calculated by wins and losses, but whether each player improved their skills and their knowledge of the game of basketball from the beginning of the season until the end of the season. All in an environment of positive reinforcement and fun.