Dickinson Parents Start Youth Girls Basketball Program

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When people see a need for something, they don't always do something about it.

But that's not the case in Dickinson, where several parents started a youth basketball program for girls.

The group Dickinson Dream now has almost 50 members, but it wasn't always this way.

It started with a volunteer's daughter and her friend, and in five months time, has grown to what it is today.

Mataya Mortensen says pushing others to be their best is just part of Dickinson Dream.

"It's just been a great experience, because I've been working with different kids, that except from my team, and it's really fun," said Mortensen, sixth grade student.

Being one of the oldest members, she helps with dribbling, passing and shooting exercises. It's not about the competition, but rather having a good time.

"It's fun to see everyone around you improving and to see yourself improving," said Reese Hauck, sixth grade student.

Dickinson Dream has nearly 50 girls in second through sixth grade, and more than six volunteers for coaching. For years the town had few options for girls youth basketball.

"All there really was for basketball prior to this was just if you knew parents who had started an Optimist team so that your kids could get involved, otherwise there is no basketball program," said Jamie Zeller, Dickinson Dream parent.

Trey Ransom was one of the first volunteers for Dickinson Dream, and says they meet for two hours four days a week. He says when a parent suggested the group's name, it fit perfectly with what they want to achieve.

"It might be related to basketball, it might be related to music, you never know. But we want to teach these kids how to work hard, how to work together and see them reach their dreams," Ransom said.

Next year they hope to make Dickinson Dream a year-long program.

When looking at the future, volunteers say they'd like to extend the program to even younger grades and boys, as well.