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Vinnie Roundtree, a former Rutgers University basketball standout, watches as teenagers in a basketball league play at the Roosevelt Center on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Roundtree, with help from LaCasa Inc., hold the league to give young people a place to go after school in an effort to help keep them out of trouble. (Truth Photo By Jon Garcia) (Buy this photo)
Roosevelt basketball league received donation
Posted on Jan. 14, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.

ELKHART — A new basketball league at the Roosevelt center got a big boost last week with two offers of support that will cover a variety of needs.

One company financed the cost of purchasing training cones, 10 new basketballs and enough uniforms for six teams, said Jason Moreno, community organizer for LaCasa Inc., which launched the program.

Additionally, ITT Tech’s South Bend campus has pledged to restore the old Roosevelt scoreboard in conjunction with an additional private donor who will provide the cost of the parts.

A donation from Lochmandy Motors of about $1,100 covers all of the immediate needs, Moreno said.

The donation comes less than a week after The Truth profiled the program’s efforts and needs.

Lochmandy Motors representative Jeremy Gartner said the company was excited about the opportunity to help the youth-based program.

Dennis Badke, Program Chairman of Electronics at ITT Technical Institute in South Bend will be working with students over the semester to restore the scoreboard in the Historic Roosevelt Center to be used for the program, Moreno said.

“Ballers to Scholars” is a free basketball program for high school-aged students that assists them in their coursework and motivates them toward collegiate aspirations. High school-aged youth currently not enrolled are encouraged to attend if they are interested in obtaining a high school equivalency program.

Tutors for the program are still needed, and anyone interested should contact Moreno at 574 361-9782 for more information. Details are also available at the guidance counseling offices at both Elkhart Central and Elkhart Memorial high schools.