BUCKHANNON — Buckhannon’s Stockert Youth & Community Center 2021-22 winter sports program saw outstanding participation. Currently, a total of 253 athletes compete in Stockert’s winter leagues. There are five separate youth leagues, plus cheerleading, with participants ages spanning from kindergarten to seniors in high school.
The outstanding level of participation in Stocker’s winter youth sports leagues has allowed them to compile 20 teams, divided into different age groups. The Little Buddies program spans kindergarten to first grade aged children, which is the starting point for children interested in embarking on their own basketball journey. From there, athletes can progress through Stockert’s development system for years, as second and third graders, fourth and fifth graders, the middle school, and the young adult recreational league divisions each have their individual divisions within Stockert’s youth sports program.
Debora Brockleman, Stockert Youth & Community Center’s Director, spoke on the level of community involvement it takes to organize and operate the winter youth sports program, saying, “our program is very successful because of our coaches and volunteers. We have over 40 volunteer coaches along with referees and scorekeepers who are current basketball players in the High School program. We are so appreciative of everyone who comes out to help us out every Saturday. We also appreciate the support we have with the high school athletic director who helps us out with gym time for our program.”
On what to expect from the future of the Stockert Youth & Community Center’s winter youth sports program, Brockleman hinted at possible expansion, saying, “We are hoping in the near future that we will soon have our own space for our program with the addition of our new multi-purpose building.”
It would seem that the future of Upshur County athletics is in good hands as Brockleman and SYCC continues to give community children an opportunity to find their passion and pursue it wholeheartedly. The impressive level of community support and involvement has clearly allowed the winter sports program to flourish at SYCC. In time, hopefully, the discussed upgrades can come to fruition and see the positive impact of their work soar to even greater heights.