In the spirt of the holiday season, the West Point Parks and Recreation Department is doing a little giving of their own by offering the 2012 youth basketball season for free. Yep, at no cost, What a perfect gift.
Parks and Rec director James Crowley made the announcement this week to make sure that everyone will be able to have a little fun on the hardwood. The department already has a free adult league, so it made sense to carry it over into the youth division.
"If you work in this type of environment you have to have a passion for the kids," he said. "If you don't, your wasting your time out here."
Crowley said they already have an abundance of equipment; balls, whistles, score books and nets - which is where the majority of the fee that's paid goes to.
This year, as a way to keeps costs down, they have decided to use reversible jerseys with set numbers that can be swapped out and used again. The only catch is they will have to be returned every night. They hope to be able to offer other programs at reduced costs in the future.
"With the economy the way it is, kids aren't going to be getting much this Christmas," Crowley said. "When you see kids in a tough situation, you just want to help. This will be a great gift for any kid."
He said the same rules and regulations will be applied as seasons past as well as a draft for each age group. And as always, coaches are needed to help. There will be a clinic set for January 3. Games will be played at the gym at Mary Holmes College.
"We're not lessening the program, we're just giving them an opportunity to play for free," Crowley said.
Registration will continue until December 30. For more information, contact 494-3214.View more articles in: