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Crawford Community Center reopening gets boys back in the game

After over a year of dealing with a leaky roof and ripped up floor, the Crawford Community Center had its grand reopening on Monday and has since been put to good use. Over two dozen boys from Crawford and surrounding towns took to the court on Thursday.

 


 

A group of friends plays basketball on Thursday at the Crawford Community Center. The boys came from Crawford, Artesia and Starkville to play on the new court. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

A group of friends plays basketball on Thursday at the Crawford Community Center. The boys came from Crawford, Artesia and Starkville to play on the new court.

 

From left, Taylan Brown, 14, Kylan Ellis, 12, Tyrome Scales, 13, and Bryson Sharp, 8, sit on the bleachers and watch basketball on Thursday at the Crawford Community Center. The February 2019 tornado destroyed Crawford’s community center, leaving the town without an indoor basketball facility. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

From left, Taylan Brown, 14, Kylan Ellis, 12, Tyrome Scales, 13, and Bryson Sharp, 8, sit on the bleachers and watch basketball on Thursday at the Crawford Community Center. The February 2019 tornado destroyed Crawford’s community center, leaving the town without an indoor basketball facility.

 

Kids and extra basketball shoes sit on the sidelines on Thursday at the Crawford Community Center. After over a year of dealing with a leaky roof and ripped up floor, the Crawford Community Center had its grand reopening on Monday. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Kids and extra basketball shoes sit on the sidelines on Thursday at the Crawford Community Center. After over a year of dealing with a leaky roof and ripped up floor, the Crawford Community Center had its grand reopening on Monday.

 

Tyler Smith, 13, dribbles while Anquarius Outlaw, 11, tails after him on Thursday at the Crawford Community Center. Over two dozen boys from Crawford and surrounding towns took to the court to play. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Tyler Smith, 13, dribbles while Anquarius Outlaw, 11, tails after him on Thursday at the Crawford Community Center. Over two dozen boys from Crawford and surrounding towns took to the court to play.

 

Two basketballs sit on the rack on Thursday at the Crawford Community Center. Two adults oversaw community center operations, including running the scoreboard and clock, and supervised the boys. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Two basketballs sit on the rack on Thursday at the Crawford Community Center. Two adults oversaw community center operations, including running the scoreboard and clock, and supervised the boys.

 

Cameron Ellis, 15, shoots the ball on Thursday at the Crawford Community Center. Younger kids can use the community center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Cameron Ellis, 15, shoots the ball on Thursday at the Crawford Community Center. Younger kids can use the community center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Antonious Hollaway, 12, smiles while watching his friends play basketball on Thursday at the Crawford Community Center. At 4 p.m. the gym is disinfected for an hour as a COVID-19 precaution. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Antonious Hollaway, 12, smiles while watching his friends play basketball on Thursday at the Crawford Community Center. At 4 p.m. the gym is disinfected for an hour as a COVID-19 precaution.

 

Kids take a quick break between basketball games on Thursday at the Crawford Community Center. Pamela Stallings, the community center director, said she sends the younger children home around 4 p.m. and then the gym is open for older kids in the evening. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Kids take a quick break between basketball games on Thursday at the Crawford Community Center. Pamela Stallings, the community center director, said she sends the younger children home around 4 p.m. and then the gym is open for older kids in the evening.

 

 

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