Young basketball players compete for national competition

Those with the highest local score will move on to the state level and possibly the national level

Young boys and girls showcased their basketball skills in a national competition by NBA Fit and WNBA Fit called "Dribble, Dish and Swish."

Kids from age seven to 12 competed against each other today in various timed challenges. The courses tested participants' skills in dribbling, passing and shooting. They competed in three separate age divisions: 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12.

Players needed to complete the basketball courses as quickly and accurately as possible to gain points. The one who scores the most points moves on in the competition.

"This is the local level and they'll have an opportunity to advance to the national level and state levels," says Supervisor Gloria Bridges.

The top two boy and girl competitors in each age division who advance to the National Finals will compete in a head-to-head competition at NBA All-Star Jam Session 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

All contestants in Tuesday's local competition received participation awards.

Pepperidge Farm also sponsored "Dribble, Dish and Swish."