Homeschool Hoops Classic brings over 500 students to Lincoln

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Speedway Sports Complex was abuzz with activity Saturday afternoon as the Mid-America Homeschool Hoops Classic came to a close.

The tournament was hosted by the Lincoln Eagles, a basketball club that provides athletic opportunities to home-schooled kids from junior high to high school.

The number of teams the Eagles sponsored this year skyrocketed, as did the number of teams in the tourney.

The tournament brought over 550 students and 57 teams from across five states to Lincoln to compete.

“It’s an effort to bring home-school programs from across the region to Lincoln, Nebraska, to compete, and give home-schooled kids a chance to compete and experience great athletic competition,” said Eagles Athletic Director Tadd Wegner.

Regional tournaments for home schoolers are getting bigger and better, as more parents are choosing to home-school their kids these days.

Wegner said the Eaglers have had a 35% to 40% increase in the number of teams they are sponsoring.

“People are discovering that home schooling, as technology grows and changes, it provides more opportunities,” Wegner said. “Then COVID lockdown, and I think that’s made people discover that they could do that themselves.”

The kids love the tournaments and the chance to play against teams that are outside of their normal competition.

“I know us home schoolers, we like to play, and we like to compete,” one player from Kansas said.

They also want to put a stop to the stigma around homeschooling.

“It’s honestly really fun, and it’s a really good community,” Elayna Wegner said.

This is the third year the Lincoln Eagles have hosted the Homeschool Hoops Classic, and preparations for next year will begin as soon as this tournament is cleaned up.

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