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Why was the adult basketball league at the MLK Center dropped?

Tom Grady
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A group of men play a game of pick-up basketball in the Martin Luther King Center. (StarNews file photo)

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“Why has Wilmington Parks and Rec taken away an icon of a program with the adult basketball league at MLK Center, which was a staple for the community to socialize and give our youth something to aspire to be part of?”

And the answer:

A lack of participation led the city of Wilmington recreation department to drop its adult basketball league at the Martin Luther King Community Center, according to John Rancke, the athletics supervisor for the city.

“We didn’t have enough interest; we didn’t have enough teams,” Rancke said. He explained interest has dropped in recent years and despite advertising for the league and extending the deadline for registration, only two teams registered this past season.

He noted there is an adult basketball league at the Wilmington Athletic Club and other over-35 leagues in the area. The Wilmington Family YMCA features a senior basketball league and a group of seniors gather at the MLK Center on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

Numbers seem to be down in various sports.

“Adult softball is down nationwide,” Rancke said. “But it didn’t affect Wilmington. Our numbers were always still good.”

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One Response to “ Why was the adult basketball league at the MLK Center dropped?”

  1. On January 24, 2012 at 3:24 pm alpana pathak wrote:

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