The Leavenworth High School Lady Pioneers are giving back this year through a partnership with the Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Bitty Basketball program, which establishes an early connection with the sport for 3, 4, and 5-year-olds. For the first time, the program is led by the Pioneer girls basketball players.
Makia Taylor, LHS junior, said, "It was really fun working with the little kids. They were so happy and I enjoyed making them smile. We taught them coordination drills and of course, they showed us some of their tricks."
The program's four sessions allow these young boys and girls to learn the basics of the sport and build a foundation for future basketball success. For the Lady Pioneers, it is a way for them to be involved in the community, reach out on behalf of the team and school, and to get kids excited about basketball.
LHS Varsity Girls Basketball Coach Derek Zeck said, "Through athletics you can do a lot for kids to keep them out of trouble and on the right path, especially when it starts at a young age. We wanted to get in at the ground level and start with the young kids. We are really trying to build that pride in LHS basketball and the love of the community."
Tiara Stegall, LHS sophomore, said, "It was really exciting. We taught them a lot of basic skills like dribbling, but we also told them they should never be scared to follow their dreams. We want to help them be ready to play at LHS."
This experience has been beneficial for both the young basketball prospects and the Lady Pioneers.
Freshman Pioneer, Remi Wilkerson, shared, "It's good to start learning a sport at a young age. I started playing when I was about 5 years old, and now I'm finding success in high school. This project will also be good for our team, making us better because we are working together doing something for others."
Leavenworth High School is full of giving organizations, clubs, and teams. Students learn many life lessons by doing for others and start on a path of contributing to their community that will last into adulthood. The school is fortunate to have partners in the community that allow students to use their leadership skills for the betterment others.
Submitted by the Leavenworth School District.