Youngsters test their skills in outdoor Saturday basketball
BALDWIN - FSBL.
At Baldwin's Hollister Park, FSBL stands for Future Stars Become Legendary.
For league director Elliot Lindsey, a past standout in Baldwin athletics, it's all about giving youngsters some valuable basketball instruction. He's been doing it Saturday afternoons and last weekend marked the fourth week of the outdoor program.
"I get a group of kids from a small town that really doesn't do anything, and get them to play basketball and learn some life skills and learn how to play together," Lindsey said. "I've got kids from Evart all the way down to Ludington. This whole coronavirus is messing things up."
Action starts at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The length of the workout "all depends," Lindsey said. "If I get a lot of kids I'll do it for an hour or two."
Last Saturday, he had six youngsters around high school age including his son, Carmelo, who will be a sophomore, and Jamison Hunter, also from Baldwin. Daulton Higgins, of Evart, a junior, was also at Saturday's practice.
Local gyms are still unavailable because of state restrictions dealing from COVID-19.
"A majority of my kids are from Baldwin," Lindsey said. "But like I said, I have a lot of kids from all over. There's travel time and it's summer."
Lindsey noted various school districts, including Baldwin, are trying to set summer/fall programs and camps. But there have been several delays in getting this done.
"That's why I'm here doing this," Lindsey said.
He indicated he plans to continue to do it on Saturdays during the summer.