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They're hooping it up in Hancock

Saturday youth league flourishes with 60 youngsters as Hancock senior high school players help instruct

Saturday youth league flourishes with 60 youngsters as Hancock senior high school players help instruct

February 12, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

HANCOCK - For the past three years, Marsha Moats has been closely involved with the Hancock Youth Basketball League.

That was when she came on board full time as program coordinator with the Washington County Recreation Department.

And this year, Moats is proud to report that more than 60 youngsters signed up for the program, which began in December.

"We attract children from Hancock and Clear Spring elementary schools, and Southern Fulton Elementary in Pennsylvania," Moats said.

Every Saturday, the children gather at Hancock Middle-Senior High School from 10 a.m. to noon for the program. The number of participants this year, both boys and girls, "speaks a lot for the small community of Hancock," she said.

The Hancock varsity boys basketball team members help with the program and offer a lot of skills and inspiration to the younger children, Moats said.

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To be eligible for the program, the children must be between the third and fifth grades in school.

"The youth are learning skills and game play techniques that will spark their basketball interest now and hopefully develop them into future Washington County athletes," Moats said.

The plan is to continue the Saturday programs through at least Feb. 21, though Moats hinted that might be extended.

"It is not league play, so there aren't any scores to report. The instructors are wonderful and the kids really have a great time," Moats said.

The cost is just $15 per child and includes a T-shirt.

For more information on the program, call Moats at 240-313-2812 or visit www.washco-md.net.

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