MILWAUKEE – For the first time since the launch of the Milwaukee Rez Midnight Basketball League, there is now a women’s league.
Midnight Sports League supervisor Anthony Hagge said people have been calling for a women’s league for some time now. The pandemic delayed the start, but this year it is here.
“It’s really just an open league just for fun. You know, give something to those players who maybe didn’t go to college or aren’t looking to go to college and move on to another level,” says Hagge.
Historically, the league had been presented as a safe place for young people to go and participate in sports and connect them to resources, but young women did not have the opportunity to play.
“Last year when I was refereeing, I talked to the guy and said if we could do coeducation, if we could do women, if we could start something,” Kayla Brewer said. .
Referee for the men’s league and now a player in this league, she is delighted to launch this year’s league.
During Monday’s meeting at Bradley Tech High School, the women were able to participate in a sort of draft by taking to the field so that the teams already formed could recruit more players.
Coach Danitra Lewis says this league is a great way to keep women active and out of trouble.
“Now that we’re doing this and all the girls are coming out, it’s exciting. I’m glad there are girls out there who want to play and compete,” Lewis says.
The only requirements to play in the Milwaukee Rec Midnight Basketball League are that you are a Milwaukee resident between the ages of 17-29 and not currently enrolled in high school. You can find more information here.
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