Camden Palmeter of Oneonta has made Blendos Summer Leagues a summertime rite of passage for young men who love the sport of basketball.
Now he wants to extend the opportunity to young women interested in playing in an organized league with uniforms and referees.
“I really want to make this a community event, involving as many people as I can,” said Palmeter, 25, who launched the Blendos league after the Oneonta Sun League faded out of existence.
A gifted athlete who has excelled in varsity football at the State University of Brockport - where he will be a senior next fall majoring in health and nutrition studies - Palmeter also has a passion for promoting participation in sports by young people.
He said he has been reaching out to high school guidance counselors throughout the region, to apprise them of the fact that the Blendos Summer Leagues will be offering competition this summer for women at least 18 years old who have basketball skills.
At least four teams are now expected to play, and there is still room for more players, he said. A single team roster typically consists of up to 12 players, but if individual players don’t have their own team, Palmeter said he can assign them to a squad.
Each team plays a league fee of $525 for the season, a sum that covers payments for the referees and uniforms. Palmeter said the Oneonta Recreation Department has imposed an insurance fee of $14.25 per player this year, with a total cost expecting to be in the range of $1,200. He said he has already obtained one sponsor, Tino’s Pizza in Oneonta, and is looking for more, to help defray that cost.
The league has played its games at Neahwa Park and Hartwick College. The schedule for this year has not been finalized but Palmeter said the season is expected to begin either the last week of May or the first week of June. This year, the season is expected to run into August, said Palmeter, noting he will not be playing football again at Brockport.