PARA offering new, improved basketball program
By WVUA 23 News Reporter A’Leeyah Ponder
The Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority is shaking up its basketball program this year.
The Tuscaloosa Basketball Association, which extended its registration deadline to Oct. 27, is bringing in head coaches who can help train players of all ages.
“We’re about to become a basketball town,” said TBA Program Supervisor Jeremy Spain. “Just get ready.”
Children in kindergarten through seventh grade Tuscaloosa County kindergarten through 7th graders are eligible for the program and players are separated into developmental, recreational and capstone leagues.
Spain said he is excited to give Tuscaloosa County’s children access to a strong basketball program.
“We’ll always be known for (University of) Alabama football in this town, but there’s no reason why we can’t have tremendous basketball because the athletes are here,” he said. “We just have to train them up the right way.”
Registration is open through Oct. 27, and costs $130 per player for children in second through seventh grade. Children in kindergarten through first grade have a registration fee of $100.
If you can’t afford the registration fee, scholarships are available, Spain said.
“I’m looking for more companies out there who can share my vision of what we’re doing for basketball in this county,” he said. “So whether that family has tremendous means or maybe they don’t, those kids should have the same opportunity.”
If your children are interested in joining, you can sign up right here.