Organizers of last year's Our Youth Basketball League said the league was so successful, they are doing it again this year.
Youth ages 6 to 16 may register at The Center, 600 Campbell St., between May 24 and June 1, or by calling Wayne Jones at 560-1241. There is no charge for registering.
Jones said organizers are encouraging individuals or teams that already exist to register.
Organizers of the Our Youth Basketball League gather on the court of The Center’s P.D. Mitchell Gymnasium during a break in last year’s league championship game. They are, from left, Wayne Jones, Stan Johnson, James Geddy, Donald Bryan and Robert Scott.
About 75 youth participated in last year's tournament, which includes a 13-game season capped off by a championship game at The Center's P.D. Mitchell Gymnasium, Jones said. The season is co-hosted by Our Youth Basketball and The Center.
Games, held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, begin as soon as school lets out, Jones said.
"We had tremendous support from various individuals and businesses in the community and we're looking to build on that," he said.
IF YOU GO
WHO: Youth ages 6-16
WHAT: Our Youth Basketball League
WHEN: Registration May 24 through June 1
WHERE: The Center, 600 Campbell St.
Last year sponsorships allowed organizers to buy uniforms for participants and trophies for the winners of the championship. Everyone received a medallion.
This year, thanks to an "I'm Worthy" T-shirt fundraiser, a gift card to Foot Locker also will be presented to championship winner and runner-up teams.
According to Jones, he co-organized the tournament with James Geddy, Robert Scott, Donald Bryan and Stan Johnson in an effort to give local youth something positive in which to participate.
The tournament also is a way for organizers and their supporters to give back to the community, Jones said.
"Everything we raise and do is strictly to give back," he said. "A lot of kids are falling by the wayside and we want to try to make a difference."
In addition to competition, the league aims to teach participants good sportsmanship and camaraderie, Jones said.