More and more local kids are playing on traveling teams, select teams and tournament teams, which is threatening the existence of Graham youth sports. Specifically, local soccer and basketball organizations are finding it hard to continue without the participation of young players, volunteer coaches, referees, people to run the clock and parent volunteers.
Graham Soccer Association president Jorge Fuentes has said that he is having to do too much to keep the league going, and without help from parents and volunteers, the league will die. “I can't take care of the fields, coach a team, set schedules, organize games, referee and manage any problems that arise for much longer,” Fuentes said. “We have got to find more volunteers who can step in and play a role in helping the league continue.”
As a parent who has been involved in the tournament teams and in Little Dribblers, Graham's youth basketball league, Corey Gober has a unique perspective. Gober is also an organizer for Little Dribblers, but he thinks it may take the death of the league for would-be volunteers to realize what they're missing.
“It may just be that people need to realize that without the help, these leagues die,” Gober said. “My main concern is that a change will have to be made or the league will not continue.”
Read the full story in Wednesday's edition of the Graham Leader.