You could not write the history of basketball without discussing Kentucky’s passion for and contributions to the sport. There is no debating, Kentucky is a basketball state. Bowling Green, Kentucky is an integral part of Kentucky’s basketball legacy. Bowling Green has a very long history as a basketball town, producing college and professional talent. Area High School programs are among the best in the state as well. The youth and adult basketball programs of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation is at the heart of this basketball legacy.
The level of passion and enthusiasm Kentuckians exhibit for basketball would not exist without quality youth programs that not only teach the game but create a lifelong love and passion for the sport. Since 1989 Southern Kentucky Youth Basketball League (SKY) has worked in conjunction with Bowling Green Parks and Recreation to administer one of the finest youth basketball leagues anywhere. While SKY Basketball has produced young men and women that have played at the highest levels, more importantly it has taught valuable life skills and fostered a pride in our community through the game of basketball. The success of SKY Basketball can be measured not only by the number of high school and college basketball players it produces but by the number of board members and coaches who have served since the leagues inception as well as former players who come back to coach.
SKY Basketball is a winter recreational league for Boys and Girls aged 6-18 in Bowling Green, Warren County and the surrounding area. All league games are played at Kummer-Little and Carr Gym. SKY Basketball’s mission is to provide ALL kids, regardless of talent level, the opportunity to play the game of basketball in a safe and competitive environment, while focusing on good sportsmanship & teamwork. SKY basketball regularly has 60+ teams with over 600 participants.
In addition to youth basketball, Bowling Green Parks and Recreation sponsors a winter and Spring Adult Basketball League. Our adult leagues typically play Monday-Friday, attracting 50-60 teams and over 600 participants. By sponsoring adult basketball leagues in Men’s 1, 2, 3, Women’s, Church 1, 2 and Industrial 1, 2, BGPR provides a league for all levels of basketball abilities. Many of our current adult league participants are graduates of our SKY program, with many still participating in SKY as a coach or referee.
Kentucky is a basketball crazy state and Bowling Green is a vital part of that legacy. Bowling Green Parks and Recreation provides quality programs for youth and adult basketball that create a positive atmosphere that promotes the game of basketball for enthusiasts of all ages.