The Times file photo by Andy Duvall
Kids in the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville youth basketball program play basketball during the program during a previous season. A pancake breakfast on Saturday will raise money for the basketball program equipment.
The Times file photo by Andy Duvall Kids in the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville youth basketball program play basketball during the program during a previous season. A pancake breakfast on Saturday will raise money for the basketball program equipment.

If you want to see some good, competitive basketball, stop in at the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville most any weeknight.

It’s that time of year, when the Club’s youth basketball program is in full swing, with games four nights a week.

This year, there are nearly 400 kids from kindergarten through Grade 8 in the youth basketball league that involves both basketball and cheerleading programs.

In basketball, there are 40 teams playing weekly at the Club’s Community Center. Each of the teams is sponsored by a local business with that business’ name printed on the back of the jerseys.

“With over 40 sponsors for the league we receive constant support from local businesses,” said Tony Eslamirad, the Club’s sports director. The Club has provided opportunities for youth since 1951 and annually serves more than 2,000 members kindergarten through Grade 12.

Games continue weekly through March 11, with the Club’s playoffs, the 39th annual Basketball Spectacular on March 16 at Noblesville High School. The public is welcome to attend games and the Spectacular.

The Club’s winter league players are currently gearing up for their annual pancake breakfast and picture day this Saturday. It’s 8 a.m. to noon at the Club Community Center, 150 N. 17th St., Noblesville.

The Noblesville Sunrisers Kiwanis Club members will prepare the breakfast that annually attracts more than 1,000 people and raises money to benefit the Club’s sports programming. (The Sunrisers Kiwanis Club support important community needs, like the Boys & Girls Club pancake breakfast each February, Noblesville Elementary Football League breakfast each August and the Noblesville Fun Run each May. The 43-year-old club meets at 7 a.m. Tuesdays at Noblesville Jim Dandy restaurant and invites new members.)

“We use the money that we make to buy new equipment, maintain our current equipment and provide scholarships to those in need,” Eslamirad said of the Boys & Girls Club pancake breakfast.

Tickets for Saturday’s breakfast are $5, available from any youth winter basketball players. And I encourage anybody who wants to attend or to support the Club to buy their tickets from one of the players, rather than the Club or at the door. That’s because it’s a competition. Players are competing, off the court, to sell the most number of pancake breakfast tickets. The top boy and girl who sell the most number of tickets will win a gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods, and the team that sells the most number of tickets will win a limousine ride to an Indiana Pacers home game.

My daughter played the past three seasons in the Club’s winter young league basketball. During each season, she competed and sold the most tickets to a Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast and won the limousine ride to a Pacers game for her team. To those folks who bought tickets from us, we thank you.

My daughter isn’t playing Boys & Girls Club basketball this season because she tried out for and made the Noblesville East Middle School seventh-grade girls basketball team. So we haven’t had a lot of time to attend Boys & Girls Club games this season.

However, she still wants to help out the Club this year by selling tickets to this Saturday’s pancake breakfast. So if anyone who has bought tickets from my daughter in the past and who would like to do so again, and support the Club, we have tickets available for you again this year.

Also, mark your calendars for March 2 for the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville Auxliary Auction, themed “Havana Nights,” at Harbor Trees Golf & Beach Club, benefiting the Club. And the Boys & Girls Club’s annual Darlington Bed Race will be on Friday, May 31.

-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com