The Wichita Salvation Army Biddy Basketball program has seen more than a few graduates go on to play major college and even professional basketball. I’m glad to see a local family has decided to keep the program going, after the Salvation Army announced that financial problems would mean an end to Biddy.
In recent years the number of teams has dwindled from around 250 to about 60.
When I was a child there was no Biddy Basketball … no organized teams … no eight-foot goals for a skinny seven-year-old. I really didn’t have decent shooting form until the 9th grade.
My daughter played a year of Biddy … learned a lot …enjoyed it … and never played again. But she understands the game better than many.
My grandson Nolan played a couple of years of Biddy, including one undefeated season. We went to the award ceremony at Koch Arena and I saw him pick up two champion trophies. They had won their tournament, too.
That’s more trophies than I collected in seven years of school basketball!
Our thought for today is from Yogi Berra:
“The game isn’t over until it’s over.”