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Men's 55+ competitive basketball league launched in Detroit

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Posted at 1:21 PM, Feb 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 13:21:30-05

DETROIT (WXYZ) — A new men's basketball league was launched in Detroit by the Detroit Area Agency on Aging in partnership with Neighborhood Service Organization.

“This isn’t your dad’s recreational league. If your perception of an individual 55 and older is someone slow and frail, you’ll be floored by our players’ level of athleticism,” said DaJuan Smith, COO of NSO. “On the flip side, we anticipate that this league will become a critical resource for older adults to learn about health concerns that can impact men of their age and find support within their teams as they age.”

Hoops 4 Health is a competitive 3-on-3 men's basketball league for gentlemen 55 years and older.

“When it comes to men’s health, DAAA and NSO want Hoops 4 Health participants to experience positive lifestyle changes along with others in their age group," said Ronald Taylor, DAAA's president and CEO. "On a team, these men will be more accountable to one another. After all, showing up for the workouts is critical to the final competitions and wins – on the court and in life.”

Games will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday mornings at Church Christ Elmwood Park, 2001 Antietam Ave. in Detroit. The first season kicks off Saturday, March 21 and continues through May 23, 2020. The last two weeks’ games will be tournament style to determine a champion.

Teams are comprised of a maximum of six players per team, primarily for individuals with some high school or college ball experience. Each team member must register separately and sign a waiver. Team registration is available.

Players can register online at www.nso-mi.org [nso-mi.org]. The cost is $25 per player. For more information, email hoops4health@gmail.com.