El Dorado Hills honcho puts pizza party on the free-throw line

By: Eyragon Eidam, Telegraph Correspondent
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EL DORADO HILLS, CA - The newly striped Josh Anderson Memorial Basketball Court within the El Dorado Hills Community Service District saw its first official showdown last Wednesday as General Manager Brent Dennis challenged KydZonE and Teen Center youths to a best-of-ten basket shootout.

The youngsters showed up in force to accept the challenge and win their way to an all-expenses-paid pizza party in the general manager’s office on April 24.

Dennis, a basketball enthusiast, called the friendly game an opportunity for the kids to work on their skills while having some fun on the recently finished court.

“We really wanted to engage the youths and get them out here with something fun,” said Dennis. “For me, it was a way to encourage them to get out and practice and get better with a sport they seem to enjoy.”

Many of those who participated in the game did a little more than enjoy the court and the company. By the end of the shootout, they had won their spots at the pizza and ice cream party.

With a total of 16 winners expecting free pizza and ice cream this week, the benchmark score of three out of 10 baskets didn’t do much to set the remarkably skilled youths back.

Logan and Taylor McKune, KydZonE members, were among the competitors on the court with eyes set on the pizza prize while having some fun.

“I kind of had a feeling I could get four baskets,” said Logan. “I thought it was pretty cool.”

The Josh Anderson Memorial Basketball Court is more than just another basketball court for the El Dorado Hills Community Service District.

The full-sized court was dedicated to 19-year-old Josh Anderson, an Oak Ridge High School graduate and basketball fan, who was tragically killed in an automobile accident on El Dorado Hills Boulevard in 2005.

With the court officially painted and open for business, staff members are encouraging kids throughout the district to get outdoors to shoot some hoops.