basketball floors

Photograph by Mike Kehoe

By Anthony Cubellis

In the display case near the Cape Cod Community College (4Cs) gymnasium, you can see trophies from basketball teams of years past. It’s been over 16 years since 4Cs has had a basketball team, but the 4Cs Kings won their division of the Cape Cod Basketball League (CCBL) in both 2002 and 2003. Despite that previous success, the only basketball games currently offered by the school are pickup games.

“I love playing ball at 4Cs,” said 4Cs student Adam Souweine. “But I wish there was an organized team so I [could] try out for the team. I think if they did, [4Cs] would probably get more enrollment of students and make more money. 4Cs haven’t had a basketball team for a very long time but if we did again, I think we would be pretty good all around”.

The gymnasium is open from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM. In order to gain access to the 4Cs gymnasium you must have a valid school ID.

Basketball is a sport that helps create a healthy state of mind by helping to relieve the stresses of everyday life. The physical activity, as well as the spirit of competition, is a great way to start the day.

“Everyone comes [to the gymnasium] with a positive attitude and [we] all just want to have fun and to get a good workout in to stay in physical shape,” said David Fernandes, a Plymouth native and 4Cs student. “The reason I like playing basketball is because there was a time when I didn’t have true friends, nobody I really trusted, but when I played basketball at [4Cs] for the first time, I made friends. I love and trust [them] and will do anything for them because we respect each other, and that is what I will always cherish most about playing basketball here at 4Cs.”

Though the gymnasium at 4Cs is open to any and all students who wish to participate, the conditions of the court are not ideal according to some. Dom Snow, a student in his first semester at 4Cs, expressed concern over the state of the gymnasium during pickup games.

“I have been really interested in playing basketball at this school because there is always good competition there and everyone is really nice,” Snow said. “I just wish we had a better court because it hurts when you fall on the court here, due to the wear and tear of old age.”

In an interview with the MainSheet last spring, 4Cs Director of Facilities Joe MacKinnon stated that, “the last time the gymnasium floor was resurfaced was over 20 years ago.” Despite the lack of updates over the years, MacKinnon said that neither he nor his staff had ever received a formal complaint on the state of the courts.

If you love the game of basketball and want to show your skills on the court, or if you’re just looking for something to do on campus to stay active, come to the gymnasium to play some pickup hoops and make new friends. There may not be an organized team on campus anymore, but that doesn’t mean the students can’t still shoot around and have some fun.