District 117’s superintendent is showing interest in starting a youth basketball league for students at the elementary grade level.
The idea was brought up by a District 117 parent during a recent board meeting, who was hoping to build teamwork and school spirit between students at each of the six elementary buildings.
Ptacek voiced his support for the idea and agreed to look further into it.
“I’m very open to finding ways to get more athletic and fine art programs into our K-6, which will be K-5 when the sixth graders move on to Turner,” says Ptacek.
Ptacek added that each elementary school has a gym with a fully functional basketball court and coaches could easily be hired as volunteers to limit the expenses.
Ptacek says this is something that could really grow in District 117.
“We are going to meet to talk about ways to work with the community and try to at least start with an intramural basketball league between buildings. Then maybe we can get into more of an organized athletic program,” says Ptacek.
District 117 officials hope to have more information on the basketball league during the August board meeting.