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Jamestown Jackals To Begin Season As Planned

Members of the 2024 Jamestown Jackals are pictured after a practice this week at Jamestown Community College. Photo courtesy Jamestown Jackals’ Facebook page

The Jamestown Jackals will launch its 2024 playing season on time, regardless of the team’s current housing dilemma and other minor challenges.

As previously reported, the Jackals’ March 3 home opener had been called into question due to the lack of affordable and available housing for the team, according to Kayla Crosby, team owner and manager.

However, Crosby said the team will continue with the normal operations while the housing dilemma is almost resolved.

“We will have a 2024 season,” Crosby said. “We have a temporary housing solution for the team’s tryout process and selection period with our partners at Chautauqua Suites, and we’re hoping to have a contract to house most of the team for the rest of the season elsewhere, forthcoming.”

The Jackals hosted a scrimmage between prospective players Tuesday at Jamestown High School.

As positive as Crosby has been about conducting a 2024 season, she is still cognizant of some of the upcoming financial hurdles it takes to house and run the team. In addition to playing games, players take part in mentoring activities with local youth and community events.

“Once we get a contract for housing, we must make sure we can pay for it,” Crosby said. “We’re much more than just a basketball team. We provide a mentorship program for our local school systems; conduct several basketball clinics and youth engagement activities; assist many non-for-profit organizations with support and free programing efforts and much more.”

For those wishing to help support this year’s programing efforts or for more information on the Jackals, visit the team’s web page at jamestownjackals.com.

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