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Atlanta Basketball Courts focuses on helping youth
by Maurice Dixon
mdixon@neighbornewspapers.com
June 12, 2012 10:13 AM | 3576 views | 1 1 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Shalon Travis, Tracy Travis, Anthony Lucas and Shemia Lucas of Atlanta Basketball Courts.
From left, Shalon Travis, Tracy Travis, Anthony Lucas and Shemia Lucas of Atlanta Basketball Courts.
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Atlanta Basketball Courts is one of many athletic facilities in the South Fulton area but its purpose is to provide a service for the youth.

“We’re a full facility,” Atlanta Basketball Courts owner Anthony Lucas said. “We welcome families and kids. Open court is not on the backburner but we cater to families and kids.”

ABC, which has two full-length basketball courts, opened in May at 4855 Old National Highway, Suite D, in College Park and is offering summer camps for children ages 5 to 14 years old from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“It’s a real organized camp,” Lucas said. “We keep them running all day. We concentrate our camp around fitness and getting the kids’ weight down during the summer. We also have a curriculum that we give everyday for 30 minutes to keep them abreast of what they can expect during the next school year.”

The camp is $65 a week per child.

“The difference between us and other summer camps is that we have a large spacious area and contend to hold older kids from the 10-to-14 age group,” Lucas said.

Another advantage for Lucas is the location of ABC unlike his former gym, Hoops and Fitness.

“This is a better location,” he said. “It’s more central to the Atlanta area. I could reach out and help more kids get into sports. Keep them out of trouble and change their way of thinking.”

Also at the end of July, ABC is offering a youth basketball league for 3 and 4-year-old children for $50 for eight games, and a $100 fee for 20 games for kids from 5 to 14 years old.

However before then, there is an adult basketball league scheduled to start July 11 for adults 35 and older. Lucas said players from the ages of 21 to 34 will have to wait until September to compete.

Even though ABC is geared towards the drawing in as many young people as possible, it is still an affordable option for older basketball players.

“The extra hours at night from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. will be for the open-court guys who want to come and pay $5 to shoot around,” Lucas said.

ABC is also the training ground for the Atlantic Celtics sixth-grade team. Lucas also said time slots are available for other AAU squads, and employee and church teams.
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Jackie Hood
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June 15, 2012
I visited Atlanta Baasketball Courts and Fitness on Saturday last week. I was amazed to see so many children out participating in different activities.
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