Junior Cougars Basketball, in its 16th year at the York Recreation Center, reaches out to elementary and middle-school-age youngsters who aspire to play for the York High Lady Cougars.
The Saturday morning program includes Lady Cougars varsity players teaching girls age 8 to 14 the fundamentals. York Comprehensive High School head girl’s varsity coach Paula Blackwell and assistant Cristi Kemp also are involved.
Carolyn Leake, director of the York Parks and Recreation Department, speaks in glowing terms of the players who devote Saturdays to teaching girls in the Junior Cougars program.
“They run it,” Leake said. “The high school kids enjoy taking part in the program and the Junior Cougar participants look up to them as role models.”
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Blackwell said there are 24 Junior Cougars participants this year, an increase over previous years. The cost of the program is $30.
The Junior Cougars first instruction will be 9-10:30 a.m. Jan. 18 in the York Rec Center gym. The program continues Saturdays through Feb.15.
“Our players devote much time to teaching the kids sportsmanship and the basic fundamentals of the game,” said Blackwell.
For more information about the Junior Cougars and other sports programs at the York Parks and Recreation Department, call 803-684-3742.