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Tallmadge City School District's students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade were offered the opportunity to participate in the Tallmadge Youth Basketball Association's program from November through early February.
The district opened its gyms for a total of 462 hours for program use at no cost to the organization. Additionally, three churches, including First Church of God, Southeast Church of the Nazarene and the Tallmadge Alliance Church, also opened up their space for practice and game times.
"This was a great program for our youth students to participate in," Tallmadge Middle School's assistant principal Jeff Manion said. "It's important to provide them with the opportunity to stay active and play, while establishing their skills."
Three champions were crowned during the season. Golden State won the fifth- and sixth-grade boys title and the Toledo Rockets and the Iowa Hawkeyes won the first- and second-grade and third- and fourth-grade championships, respectively.
The kindergarten students worked on developing skills every Saturday morning. The first- through sixth-grade students participated in weekly practices and games.
Students were encouraged to sign up through TYBA's website. The cost was $85.
"We are pleased to open our doors to the Tallmadge Youth Basketball Association," Tallmadge Superintendent Jeff Ferguson said. "Our students truly enjoy building upon their skills throughout the season. We look forward to opening our gyms again next year."
Tallmadge Youth Basketball is a parent-led, non-profit youth organization seeking to develop young players to love and enjoy the sport of basketball.
For more information about the Tallmadge Youth Basketball program, visit www.tallmadgeyouthbasketball.com.
For more information about the Tallmadge City School District, visit www.tallmadgeschools.org.