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Learning the fundamentals

BY Brian Powers - bpowers@chronicle-tribune.com

Tilar Myers, 25, is a lifelong Marion resident who thought of a unique way to remember her late father – by creating a program to teach the fundamentals of basketball to youngsters at Living Water Apostolic Church.

“I wanted to do something in memory of my dad, and he was really active in this church,” Myers said.

Myers is an assistant accountant, Indiana University Kokomo accounting major and mother, but still found the time to create the Little Praisers Basketball Workshop, a six-week block of practices every Tuesday.

“My goal was to focus on the fundamentals like dribbling, passing, catching and shooting the basketball from one spot,” Myers said.

She said the idea for basketball came mainly due to the weather and basketball season being in full effect. Myers said she grew up playing basketball as a child and having fond memories of those times, so she wanted to provide those opportunities to children aged 1 to 4 years old.

April Ailes, Myers’ mother, had similar comments as to her daughter’s intentions.

“Tilar wanted to start something in the church because her dad was heavily involved in this church,” she said.

Kailey and Chris Simmons enrolled their son, Caden, 3, immediately.

“We wanted to introduce him to sports, but it’s been really great for his social skills,” Kailey said.

Little Praisers is open to all children, aged 1 to 4 years old for a fee of $50. Myers also hopes to branch out from basketball as her program grows.

“I’d like to do soccer or something else we can do inside the gym,” Myers said. “We have two cheerleaders, and we’d also love to have a cheer clinic.”