Girls basketball club needs help to get to nationals

BC Elite is facing some financial challenges after unforeseen circumstances hit the travelling basketball club program

A local club basketball program is used to facing tough competition on the court, not off of it. But that is the situation they find themselves in.

BC Elite, a local girls club basketball program, is trying to raise $15,000 after facing a series of unfortunate occurrences.

The club is trying to compete at the Adidas Uprising summer championships, which are being held July 27 to 29 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Since launching a campaign last week on GoFundMe, they have raised $6,680, which is nearly 45 per cent of their goal.

The club is in need of money after a break-in saw them lose some of their gear — basketball shoes, T-shirts and socks — as well as money they lost having to change flights for tournaments in the U.S. they were registered for but were cancelled.

BC Elite has four different age-level teams and three of the four are supposed to attend the Atlanta tournament.

The tournaments they attend are a chance for U.S. college and university coaches to watch the Canadian players, with three prominent Langley players earning scholarships in the past three years.

Tayla Jackson played one season at UC Irvine in California before transferring to Simon Fraser University, Aislinn Konig is at North Carolina State next season for her freshman year, and Louise Forsyth has verbally committed to Gonzaga University.

Forsyth is entering Grade 12 at Brookswood Secondary.

To donate to the campaign, click here.

Langley Times