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Charlotte, NC–- Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation invites youth basketball teams, ages 18 and under, to register now for the “open, competitive” winter basketball league at Martin Luther King Recreation Center, 500 Bilmark Avenue. Registration runs through October 19, 2009.

These teams play each Saturday, December-February, with divisions in the following age groups: 10-under, 11-12, 13-14, 15, 16, and 17-18. Each team must provide their own uniforms with numbers on front and back.

Cost is $375 per team. To register call 311 or visit, click on Eparks, and use Course Barcode #5166.

“Among the benefits of participation in the department's youth leagues are increased physical fitness, positive socialization, and sportsmanship in a competitive, wholesome environment,” said Recreation Coordinator Ken Koonce. “About 4,000 youth participate in Park and Recreation athletic programs, including teams from the Police Athletic League.”

Team coaches must be certified by the National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA) and undergo a background check.

For more information, contact Ken Koonce at 704-353-1247 or