Non-Profit Group Looks To Give Back To Sports Programs
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Two former Wildcat Basketball team members have found a way to continue their love for basketball at a local level by creating Edmonson County's first-ever 3-on-3 basketball league, "EC3 League."
Caleb Skaggs and Peyton Talley, both 20 years old, are the co-founders of the non-profit league that Skaggs says will have a number of purposes.
"I've thought about doing something like this for a while and when Peyton came to me with the same basic idea, we started working on how to make it happen," he said.
Both of the young men graduated from ECHS in 2017 where they were each members of the 2017 12th District Basketball Championship team.
"We wanted to provide an opportunity for both kids and adults," said Skaggs. "While there are plenty of local youth sport leagues, there's not a whole lot for older kids to do if you don't play high school sports. Not everyone wants to play sports at the high school level, so we thought this would provide a fun, healthy activity for people to compete in a different way."
The league is available for teams made from a maximum of four people, ages 16 and up. Teams can register for $120 per team and must have one team captain, or spokesperson.
The inaugural season will begin June 15th and run until the end of July, with an end-of-season tournament. Games will be held on Saturdays at the ECHS gymnasium. Entry fees will go to cover costs that include gym rental, officiating, and insurance. The league, which is run by a local board, plans on putting all the rest back into local basketball programs, which will range from the high school down to the youth league, if successful. Both co-founders and board members are volunteers. Game times will vary, based on the total number of teams.
Sign ups will begin today, May 17, 2019 on the league's brand new website: EC3League.com. You can pay your team fees directly on their site or you can schedule a time to pay directly by cash or check to one of the board members. Skaggs said only the team captain needs to sign the team up, not each team member. The group's Facebook page can be visited here and you can also find them on Instagram.
"We hope to be able to provide another local family-friendly activity that will allow us to give back to a program that's meant a lot to both of us and so many others," said Skaggs.