Everyone knows about March Madness.
But now there’s “April Sadness.”
While UK fans are still crying over the Wildcats’ loss and Duke fans are still throwing confetti, city crews are picking up a basketball for a good cause.
Next week, city crews will battle one another for the crowning reign of “April Sadness” champions.
The city fire department and police department will take the floor at City Hall gym first on Tuesday, April 20 at 7 p.m.
The public utilities crew will challenge the public works crew on Thursday, April 22 at 7 p.m.
Then... the grand finale.
On April 29 at 6:30 p.m., the two losing teams will play for the third place position, followed by the championship game to declare first and second place winners.
Three trophies will be presented following the basketball games.
And presenting those trophies will be Louis Stout. An all-star high school basketball player while in Cynthiana, Stout went on to become the commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association in 1994. He was the first African American to head a state athletic association office. He served for eight years.
“I think it’s something that’s going to continue in the future,” Commissioner Billy Grayson said about the tournament.
Creator of the “April Sadness” city basketball tournament, Grayson said the idea initially came to him as an opportunity to raise money for a new floor at City Hall gym.
But Grayson said he soon realized there were more pressing needs than the gym floor.
Now, admission is free with one non-perishable food item.
Those items will be donated to the Food Pantry.
So, props to the city.
Despite coming together for a good cause, it’s also exciting. Cops, firefighters, public utilities and public works crews taking on one another on the basketball court - what could be better or more entertaining?
There’s only one question.
What about the cheerleaders?