Albany Parks and Rec restarting youth basketball program

11.18.20 Sports

(ALBANY, GA) – The Albany Parks and Recreation Department is taking a big step forward with the city’s youth: They’re restarting the basketball program after nearly 9 months.

Ward 1 City Commissioner, Jon Howard says, “The recreation department was probably very careful to not start it up too quick because COVID numbers were still high. But i think since they’re going to start basketball camp again, it’s a step in the right direction.”

Howard is on board with restarting an Albany based program like this. Especially since it’s been brought up time and again to be an effective outlet for troubled kids.

He tells us, “The reason why it’s a step in the right direction is because a lot of these young juveniles, they’ve been tied up due to COVID-19. And they want to get out, flex some muscle and do some exercise. And the program will help keep them off the street.”

While some parents might have a concern about potential COVID-19 spread, the city, and Parks and Rec are going to make sure everyone in attendance can be safe.

“They’re gonna follow universal precautions, including masking, social distancing, six feet apart, and to make sure that equipment is wiped down and sanitized in games and when the event is over,” says Howard.

If you’re interested in signing your child up, you can reach the form through the City of Albany’s website.