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March 1, 2014

Youth basketball league set to launch March 15

A community organization is offering area youths a chance to be involved in structured sports activities and community events.

Area youths in pre-kindergarten through age 18 are invited to participate in tournament play in a drug-free basketball league.

The league is being organized by The MOVE Inc. (Making Others Value Education), a community program that began in Boynton and offers sports and community events for all area children.

Basketball games will be scheduled from March 15 through April 26, and boys and girls are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible, said Shereca Lang, one of the members of The MOVE Inc.

This is the second year for the organization’s basketball league play, said Lang, who added that last year’s program was very successful.

Sign-ups for teams or individuals are being accepted.

Shartese McHenry, founder and director of The MOVE Inc., states in a flier that parents may contact her if they can’t find a team for their child.

“We will try to make sure any child who wants to play is added to a team,” McHenry said.

McHenry is a former basketball coach at Boynton and Wagoner schools. The MOVE was organized after the school in Boynton closed and as a way to keep the children involved in the community, Lang said.

In addition to basketball, participants in The MOVE organize rodeos, softball tournaments and community service projects, including helping the elderly and cleaning up yards, Lang said.

“Students and the members of The MOVE are encouraged to get involved with what’s going on in the community,” she said.

Funds that are raised during the sports tournaments are used to provide scholarships for students who are involved in The MOVE and events in the community, Lang said.

The basketball league focuses on rules and regulations of the game.

“Overall with the league, we hope to accomplish community growth, Lang said. “We hope to produce some champions throughout. As they get older they will be better equipped for the game.”

Tournament play is scheduled for March 15 through April 26, and individuals interested in participating may call (918) 636-0271.

Reach Anita Reding at (918) 684-2903 or areding@muskogeephoenix.com.

What to do

WHAT: Drug Free Basketball League/Tournament Play.

WHEN: Tournament play is scheduled for March 15 to April 26. (Games will not be scheduled on Easter, April 19)

WHERE: Locations to be announced.

SIGN-UPS, INFORMATION: (918) 636-0271.

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