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The Big Park Community School  basketball players haven’t stopped going to the gym every day after school since their seasons have ended, but now, they are on the other side of the game.

First- and second-graders race down court an intramural  basketball game on Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Big Park Community School  gym as Liza Westervelt, far left, referees the game. Members of both the boys and girls BPCS junior high basketball teams are running an intramural basketball league for elementary school children and are coaching, refereeing and running the scoreboard for class credit.Members of both the boys and girls Big Park basketball teams are running an intramural basketball league for elementary school children. Ten players do it all: coach, referee and run the scoreboard as Big Park boys Head Coach Amy Parrella supervises. In return, the Big Park players receive class credit.

Winston Cox, left, and Xan Hawes coach their third- and fourth-grade team during the intramural basketball league game.Starting in the beginning of November, 65 first- through fourth-graders have learned the basic skills and drills of basketball from the older Big Park kids. Then the players draft their teams — between seven and eight players — pick a team name and coach their teams in seven games throughout three months.

For the full story, please see the Wednesday, Feb. 20, issue of the Sedona Red Rock News.

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