Des Moines high school basketball league launches with goal of closing financial gap


Over a dozen teams played Saturday in a Des Moines high school basketball league dedicated to closing the financial gap between city and suburban schools’ basketball programs.

Long Shots, the new league, hosted a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at Evelyn K. Davis Park. A total of 16 boys’ teams and seven girls’ teams competed at the tournament.

“There’s a gap in family incomes, in funding and allocation of funds — however you want to put it — between the suburbs and inner cities, and sports are just a glaring aspect of it,” said Billy “B.Well” Weathers, 29, of Des Moines.

Weathers helped create and organize the league and tournament along with his non-profit organization, the B.Well Foundation, and The Dojo Basketball Group, Ink Space and Function House Hospitality Group.

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