Starks Academy tips off 1st Holiday Hoopfest

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The holidays offer welcomed breaks from school for Northland kids, but while TV and video games are alluring past times it’s still important to stay healthy and active. That’s what inspired Starks Academy to tip-off their first Holiday Hoopfest on Tuesday morning.

"We can go on and on about social media, technology, phones, quarantining, isolation, staying at home, all these things are stacked against kids just letting them be kids," academy director Dyami Starks said. "Basketball is the most accessible sport by far. Ball, hoops, shoes is what I always like to say, so putting on an event like this I wish I could do it everyday."

Around 80 boys and girls from third through eighth grade worked on drills, skills, and fun at Lincoln Park Middle School.

Starks launched Hoopfest to keep gyms and the sport of basketball accessible to all kids even during holiday and pandemic related facility closures.