Free program serves 80 children, ages 5-7, from across Providence.
Mayor Angel Taveras and Councilman David Salvatore joined the Providence Recreation Department to kick off the Department's first citywide Biddy Basketball League this morning at Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School in the city's Elmhurst neighborhood.
The League is comprised of 80 boys and girls, ages 5-7, from across Providence. The city's Recreation Department organized the program after taking it over from the Providence Intramural Basketball League.
"I thank our Recreation Department for saving this important program that serves children across the city," said Mayor Taveras. "The Biddy Basketball League is another great example of a free program that the Recreation Department provides to keep our kids active, healthy and engaged."
Today's kickoff marked the start of the Biddy Basketball League's games, which will continue through March 15. Practices began on January 14 and are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at Kennedy Elementary School. The kids were supplied with free uniforms by the city's Recreation Department.
"I'm pleased to see so many of our city's children being served through this important program that teaches them the importance of teamwork, physical activity and sportsmanship," said Councilman David Salvatore.
The city's Recreation Department also launched a basketball league for girls 10 and under earlier this month, with over 70 participants playing weekly games at recreation centers across the city, including Zuccolo, Rogers, Davey Lopes, South Providence, and West End. This is the first year the Recreation Department has offered a girls basketball program for this age group. The league will run through March 11.
"The Recreation Department is continuing to expand our offerings for children across Providence, from basketball leagues to one of our newest programs, Girls Club," said Beth Charlebois, director of recreation services. "Our recreation centers provide the city's youth with safe and positive environments to enjoy recreational and educational opportunities."