By Mary O’KEEFE
Whether or not you are a basketball star, the Crescenta Valley Youth Town Council wants you to show you BB skills at Verdugo Hills YMCA on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The first CVYTC “3 On 3” was an idea first brought to the council by member Owen Solis.
“We wanted to do something to [reach out] to the community,” said Ben Campos, CVYTC member. “Owen came up with this basketball tournament.”
The idea was launched but finding a location to host the event was not that easy.
“Then at one of our council meetings Mark Yeager asked us what he could do to help,” Campos said.
Yeager is the chaplain at the Cañada-Crescenta YMCA. The council members told him of their tournament idea and he went to work securing the Verdugo Hills facility.
“If it wasn’t for him, I don’t know what we would have done,” he added.
The CVYTC is an elected council that is voted on by the students’ peers. The ages for the council range from 13 to 18. The council is in its second year and was formed to be a voice for kids in the community. They have sponsored two college fairs and have partnered with the Fire House youth center, Prom Plus Club and Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation on several projects.
Anyone from 10 to 18 years old can participate in Saturday’s tournament. Funds will go to support the YMCA and the CVYTC. There is still time to preregister for the basketball tournament. Preregistration is $10 per team. The forms can be found at www.thecvcouncil.com or blank forms are also found at the Fire House, 2563 Foothill Blvd. The forms are located near the front door of the youth center. Participants are asked to register and return forms to the folder at the Fire House. Do not include any money for the registration. The Fire House preregistration cost will be collected the day of the tournament. Registration the day of the event is $15. Basketballs and pinnies will be provided. For more information contact the CVYTC on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.