By Victor Gomez and Isaac Pittman, Castlemont Students
An image from Isaac Pitman middle school basketball team
This year, Castlemont lunches have been boring for many students. Some students have came up with various ideas, and we propose a 3 on 3 basketball tournament during our lunch time.
To set up the tournament, first we will find as many students as we can and encourage everyone to finds their two other players to set up a game. If we approximately get 16 teams in this tournament, we will have an even amount of players. Every team has to contribute with some sort of small fee (approximately $9-12), a small amount that most of the students wouldn’t complain about.
The winners of the tournament will win T-shirts as a prize. The reason why we have to pay a small amount of money is because the person making the T-shirts for us, Coach Franky Navarro, has to get paid for its merchandise. If everyone cooperates and pays a certain amount of fee, the tournament will be set up with ease.
Castlemont Principal, John Lynch, commented that “I find the tournament a GREAT idea! I’m willing to announce it on the speakers.”
A student of Castlemont said, “ I’m willing to play just for fun, so its not a big of a deal if it’s a small amount of fee.”
Sociology teacher, Eric Carter Chu said, “ I’ll like to play in this tournament, I love playing basketball, I wouldn’t mind paying a fee.”
Most of the students that we’ve interviewed are actually willing to join. However, some teachers are also welcomed to join. If we have enough people to play in the tournament, we can also set up a girls tournament
We are not trying to make the girls feel left out, so therefore if there are enough girls that want to play in the tournament, we are willing to set it up for them. However, for now we will set up a 3-on-3 boys basketball tournament during lunch.
An article called “Better Health Channel” says, “Basketball is very popular as a casual way to exercise and as a competitive team sport.” Not only is this tournament for entertainment,it also is perfect for exercise. An article by Sarah Davis, from University of Florida says, “Participating in competitive sports teaches children and teenagers skills to compete in the real world. As they grow older they will face competition in schools, getting into college, getting a job, and many other scenarios.”
Having competitive sports during Castlemont school lunches is not only for friendly competition, but also for the students and teachers to show off their skills.