Beginning on Saturday, Nov. 17, the Knights of Columbus Athletic Club will begin its Little Kid Hoops program for the 27th year.
The program will run every Saturday, except a two-week window around Christmas and New Year’s, until the end of February. The program is free for all elementary aged kids from Kindergarten through fifth grade. Kindergarten through second grade will play from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on 8-foot hoops. They can come and go as they please and will be randomly placed on teams to try to best matchup skill level and experience.
From 10:30 to noon, third-through fifth will play on the 10-foot hoops and will be randomly placed on teams to best matchup.
This program was originally started by Bernie Boyle and sponsored by the Knights of Columbus in 1992. It was started as a way to keep kids active and enthusiastic about sports. Children of all levels of experience are encouraged to participate and the number one priority is having fun. Every kid that plays will get an opportunity to bring the ball up the court and an opportunity to shoot the ball, even if it requires a screen from a ref or a nonexistent foul call.
Parents are welcome to sit down below or stand around the running track to cheer on their little ones. It creates a unique atmosphere for the kids to be looking at their family and friends cheering for them up above.
At the end of the year, kids will be given a T-shirt or sweatshirt commemorating the current edition, along with donuts to celebrate the season. These novelties and ones from years past will be spotted at numerous sporting events and other events in the Butte Community throughout the year. Also, when you go to watch this year’s crosstown rivalry game, keep in mind that many players on both sides honed their skills at some point in this program.
If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, you can contact Tom Boyle at 498-4201 or Dan Boyle at 565-7947.