A bit of salesmanship, recruiting and roll-up-your-sleeves hard work from Parks, Recreation and Tourism Athletic Coordinator Trevor LaHaye helped the once endangered seventh- and eighth-grade basketball program get off the ground.
Only a few weeks ago, LaHaye expressed his concerns that the league might not be held due to a lack of player registrations.
So, he went into the community to convince both parents and children that the league offered plenty of benefits for young aspiring athletes.
His efforts eventually prompted enough players to register for a four-team league. The emergence of the league has LaHaye saying, “It looks to be a fun and educational experience for the kids.”
The four teams in the league are the Suns, Grizzlies, Heat and Magic.
Play began on Oct. 23 and will continue Fridays and Saturdays until Dec. 4. Games are played at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays at the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium. Friday games are played at 7:30 p.m., also at RCMS.
The next challenge for LaHaye is to get the fifth- and sixth-grade basketball program up and running.
Registration for the league has opened and will continue until Nov. 26. Games begin Dec. 11 and will continue until Jan. 22, 2011 at RCMS.
Also on the town recreation scene, registration for the men’s and women’s volleyball league has started and will wrap up Dec. 1. Games will be played Dec. 13 until Jan. 28, 2011 at RCMS.
For more information on any town offering, call LaHaye at (928) 474-5242, ext. 260.