Gravat spoke to the Houston Exchange Club June 27, describing some of the programs that are currently offered.
“Right now, we have baseball and softball,” Gravat said. “I’m planning to offer flag football this fall and we’ll have baseketball again this winter.”
Gravat was approached by several parents who wanted to see youth basketball continue after the Upward program closed. He was granted permission to use the Houston Upper Elementary School gymnasium for the initial program last winter and expects to be in the same location this year. What he needs most are volunteers to assist with the basketball program.
“I didn’t have any volunteers last year,” Gravat said. “I coached every team and refereed every game.”
Tournaments boost town
Gravat would like to see more Dizzy Dean softball and baseball tournaments in Houston and believes it boosts the economy of the town. He cited a local tournament held June 21 and described the activity it brought to Houston.
“If you went to Walmart that Saturday, you just about couldn’t get in,” Gravat said. “That’s what I want, every weekend, to have a tournament. That means people coming into our town, shopping in our stores, eating in our restaurants.”
Gravat has a Dizzy Dean tournament scheduled for this weekend and invited Exchange members to come by and see how many people the event will draw.
“If you’re not doing anything Saturday, come on out and see,” Gravat said.
Along with stimulating the economy of Houston, Gravat’s bottom line is to stimulate children and youth with physical activity.
“I encourage parents to do what your kids want to do,” Gravat said. “My goal is to give every youth something to do.”