MORLEY -- Over the last few years, youth sports programs in the local area, outside of Sikeston and Cape Girardeau, have nearly become extinct. But the North Scott County Sports Club looks to change that, and bring about a new phase to the surrounding communities.
North Scott County Sports founder and president Wade Amelung said, "Our goal as a group, is to educate kids on sports. We not only want to educate them for their teenage years and adult lives in sports. But we also to educate them for the real world, and their careers."
The club plans to teach honesty, teamwork and cooperation with others, which is a critical key to having a successful future. NSCS plan to incorporate these ideas in practices, as well as, games.
The NSCS program will bring youth sports programs back to the local areas, including communities like Morley, Vanduser and Benton.
Amelung said, "We would like to bring sports to the area that north Scott County does not already have, such as soccer, basketball and baseball. We even have a plan to start a traveling youth football team and play in other leagues."
Amelung says that he would like to see these sports get back in our area, so that families do not always have to travel to Cape Girardeau or Sikeston to participate in the programs.
There are three other members involved in the organization right now, Amelung, Bobby Wright and Terry Lambert.
Amelung said, "We put in an average of 10 hours a month right now just working hard and planning on what we can bring to the area. When we get a league started up, we'll be putting in about 40 hours a week, probably more."
Amelung said, "Our key goal or outlook is a few years down the road, to have a park that would have baseball fields, soccer fields, a walking track, and even possibly a lake. It would basically be a county park. Our plan would be an 80 acre park that would host all of these fields."
"We will keep it nonprofit," Amelung said, "And we would like to use several towns in north Scott County, while allowing the towns to keep their identity in the long run."
"The idea behind that is, when you travel to a small town, you play in their park, with their school colors and everything else that comes with it. When we would open the new park, we would like to have the fields painted in specific school colors from the towns in the program."
Another plan of the program is to bring in more than just sports in which the youth could participate.
Amelung said, "Our plan is to bring in the area's RC club, which is the remote controlled cars and boats. I've been working on some plans with one of the local RC stores, and they seemed to think it'd be a great idea as well. We think it could be something unique to bring to the area. It would give everybody a chance to do something, especially if they couldn't play sports."
The group looks to have the program up and running full swing by the fall.
They will kick off some of their events at the upcoming Morley Fall Festival in October.