DEPUE — For the past five months, the Illinois Coalition for Community Services has worked with the recently formed Latino Committee of DePue whose mission is to provide social and recreational programming for the community, children, and youth.
Their hard work and dedication has been proven with the creation of a basketball program: “Basketball School of DePue,” “Escuela de Basquetbol de DePue.” The school was created to teach children ages six to 12 the fundamental techniques of the sport and to provide a fun, safe environment for them to play.
The program began on June 25 and will run until July 19. All of the children in the community were invited to participate. Thirty-five children registered for the program which meets on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6 to 7 p.m. at the DePue School basketball courts.
Coaches Oscar Lopez, Miguel Quintana and Fromencio Mejia are responsible for running the program and also spend significant time with the children, coaching them and teaching them the techniques.
The basketball program has become more than just a program for the kids participating; it has brought family members together and the children enjoy having their mom or dad come see them play and be part of their enjoyment.
This has become a great community program where participation has been important. The committee will continue organizing future sporting programs as well as other social events for the community. The committee is organized of dedicated Latino members who are committed to engage the entire community of DePue.