JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Southwest District basketball season started this Saturday, a week later than normal. The games were cancelled last Saturday after funds were missing from an account. The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office is now investigating.
Parents say they were nervous that they wouldn’t hear the sound of a basketball dribbling for a while.
“That was my only concern, are my kids going to be able to play? They look forward to this every year,” explained Crystal Marshall.
“The most important thing is our kids. That their season does not have to be cancelled, that they don’t have to postpone any more games and they can move forward as planned and pick up the game we actually ended up missing,” Tiffany Scales said.
The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office says their investigating missing funds from the Southwest Recreation League and their calling it an alleged act of embezzlement. The first set of games which were scheduled last Saturday was cancelled. Parents say their children were upset.
The league interim president says they owe approximately $1,900 dollars to Onslow County Parks and Rec. Parents are now rallying together to help raise the money to ensure their kids keep dribbling the ball and shooting hoops.
“I’ll step up so I will do what we need to do and we can continue so it’s not affecting the kids, because it’s about the kids and not the parents,” said Scales.
No matter what parents say they want to see their kid’s happy and putting points on the score board. The Sheriff’s Office says an arrest in the case would not be immediate.