Youth go to court at vice mayors challenge

caines | 1/10/2013, 4:30 a.m.

[gallery link="file" columns="4" orderby="title"] Real B-Ballers responded to an invitation to compete in Vice Mayor Joseph L. Kelleys Annual Basketball Classic at the City of Opa-lockas Sherbondy Village Gymnasium, by arriving on the court early, ready to play and laying claims to the 2012 championship trophies. Several age divisions competed during the three-day play-offs, which culminated with excitement during the final tournament games on when Trinity Church found themselves face-to-face for the ball toss with the City of Opa-locka host team, who they played in two 18-minute halves to emerge victorious as the first place winners in the two final games. Trinity Church ruled the court after eliminating the Opa-locka team with scores of 40 35, and 53 36 in the age 16 and under division, and in the 14 and under category, respectively. All these athletes are winners, the Basketball classic is agreat way to encourage our youth to engage in productive activity during the holiday break! said Kelley. The Vice Mayor clarified that the challenge is for everyone who qualifies, makingnote of 14 year-old Vernisha Jenkins who made the starting line-up for the City of Opa-locka team. She can out-play some of the best guys on the team. Park Director Charles Brown commented on the discipline the tournament provides, While taking a break from the television and video games, our kids learn sportsmanship and attitude control during these games. Several parent expressed appreciation for the opportunity to see their childrens talent on court. One parent inquired about the possibility of the inclusion of an adult division in the basketball challenge for next years games, since they are passed the allowed age for the competitions. Brown said he would explore the possibility while informing that there are three Opa-locka Park facilities now open year-round, for residents of all ages to enjoy. By Miami Times staff report