Youth basketball a slam dunk


Last updated 3/8/2022 at Noon

Jerry Baldock

Young players are back on the court in Sisters through SPRD programs.

Sisters Park & Recreation District (SPRD) just wrapped up a dynamic basketball season after taking a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some 125 athletes were back on the court this winter between SPRD’s youth basketball league and a tournament league offered by Outlaws Boys’ Basketball (OBB), a committee of SPRD. The season wrapped up with a successful Sisters Shootout basketball tournament on Presidents’ Day weekend that drew 53 teams from around the state and California, bringing over 1,500 people to Sisters.

Jessica Sampson SPRD athletic coordinator, said, “It has been great watching the kids on the court again! It was a group effort between parents, coaches, and community members to get these programs back up and running. I feel privileged to have been a part of the basketball program this season and getting to know our community better.”

None of this would be possible without volunteers.

“Our volunteers work so hard at giving players a safe and fun environment to be themselves while developing new skills. Because of their hard work and dedication, we are able to keep prices low in youth basketball, which makes our program more accessible to families,” said Jennifer Holland, executive director of SPRD.

In addition to volunteers, local businesses Takoda’s, Oliver Lemon’s, Black Butte Ranch, and FivePine Lodge sponsored the youth basketball program, which allowed for the purchase of new jerseys.

“Thank you to our sponsors, coaches, parents, and players for making this season such a good experience!” said Sampson.

With basketball ending, SPRD is now focusing on youth and high school lacrosse. For more information about youth athletics or to get more information on other District programs, visit or call Sisters Park & Recreation District at 541-549-2091.


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