The Wood Middle School Beavers played their Lincoln Middle School rivals recently as part of the start of Alameda Education Foundation’s 2011 middle school basketball season.
Wood, Lincoln and the Academy of Alameda each host boys and girls basketball teams, and the teams compete three times in regular-season league play, according to AEF.
“The students really enjoy being able to play for their schools,” said AEF President Bill Sonneman, in a statement. “It gives them a great sense of pride and provides a wonderful sense of spirit throughout the whole school community. Being able to provide this program has such a direct positive impact on both the students and the schools.”
The middle-school playoffs begin the week of February 21, with the championships set for the first week of March. A complete schedule is found on AEF website.
Basketball is one of three sports sponsored by AEF, and the program receives no district funding. Sports programs were cut from the middle-school budgets four years ago due to budget shortfalls from the state, says AEF, and AEF began running the programs in the winter of 2009.
Since that time, over 350 student athletes from across the Island have participated in volleyball (fall), basketball (winter) and track & field (spring). The AEF sports program requires academic eligibility among its participants and emphasizes teamwork and sportsmanship.
Alameda residents can support the program by attending games. The entry fees are $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for students; the fees help to offset officiating costs.
AEF is also seeking donations to sustain the program through the 2010-2011 school year and beyond. Donations may be made on the AEF website or by contacting AEFSports@alamedaeducation.org.
Thanks to Al Wright and AEF for the picture (above) of Wood and Lincoln battling it out at the 2010 basketball championships.