Tri-star basketball contest and clinic this weekend


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



The Logan County Optimists Club will be having the its annual Tri-Star Basketball Contest and Clinic this weekend at Russellville High School.

The event was held for several years before the Logan County Optimists Club disbanded. But now that the club is back up and running, it is also bringing back the Tri-Star Basketball Contest.

“Russellville had not done this the past few years due to manpower,” said Marie Gamble, who is the chairperson for the event. “But now we are reviving the Optimists Club and getting our name back out there, it was known for a period.”

The clinic and contest will be held at Russellville High School on Saturday morning. Registration will begin at 8:45 a.m. and the clinic will begin at 9 a.m. and last about an hour. The clinic will be followed by the basketball contest, which consists of dribbling, passing and shooting drills.

“Parents are very welcome to stay and watch everything,” Gamble said.

There are three different age groups for the contest with ages ranging from 8 to 13. The top boy and girl in each age group will qualify for the district competition.

The clinic portion of the day is unique to Russellville.

“Most clubs just have the competition, but years ago, we used to have Western Kentucky coach Clem Haskins come down with the Toppers and they would do a clinic to go along with it,” Gamble said. “We decided to do that again – just with our own local celebrities.”

Bowling Green Hornets coach Nathan Thompson will once again be involved and will be running the clinic portion of the event.

The clinic will then instruct the children in the skills needed for the competition.

About the Optimist Club

Meeting the needs of young people in communities worldwide, Optimist Clubs have been “Bringing Out the Best in Kids” since 1919. Optimist Clubs conduct positive service projects aimed at providing a helping hand to youth.

Club members are best known in their communities for their upbeat attitudes. By believing in young people and empowering them to be the best they can, Optimist volunteers continually make this world a better place in which to live.

There are 75,000 individual members who belong to 2,600 autonomous Clubs. Optimists conduct 65,000 service projects each year, serving six million young people. Optimists also spend $78 million on their communities annually.

By OJ Stapleton

ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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