The 2019 MUDECAS Basketball Tournament continued the tradition of basketball in Southeast Nebraska this week. 

For members of the Beatrice Noon Kiwanis, it's the 15th year they've assisted with the tournament.

“The coaches and players do a great job in providing quality basketball for the fans to enjoy and they represent their schools and communities with class,” said Bruce Vitosh, Beatrice Noon Kiwanis MUDECAS organizer.

Jobs include selling tickets, programs and T-shirts, punching passes and working the unpredictably busy concession stand.

“The Beatrice Noon Kiwanis Club is very proud to be involved with the MUDECAS Association and is grateful for the opportunity to help make this tournament be successful,” Vitosh said. “The tournament runs very smoothly, in part, due to the enormous amount of volunteer hours provided by Beatrice Noon Kiwanis members.”

Members of the Beatrice High School Key Club also volunteered time to work the concession stand.

“It needs to be a team effort,” said Kiwanis member Paul Hay. “We need people here. It takes time and committed Kiwanians.”

“We started selling ads for the program in September,” said Larry Keslar, Chairman of the Ad Committee for Beatrice Noon Kiwanis.

 Proceeds of the tournament money earned by Kiwanis is used to provide scholarships, support community non-profits and projects to benefit youth in Gage County.

“We are proud to provide scholarships to the participating schools and will continue offering $3,200 in scholarships or $200 to each school in 2019. With the scholarships provided in 2019, Kiwanis has afforded students with $32,000 in scholarship money over the past 10 years,” Vitosh said.

Sixteen schools are a part of the MUDECAS Association. The varsity boys and girls teams of each school are playing in the tournament. 

MUDECAS stands for music, declaratory and athletics. The MUDECAS Association also hosts a volleyball tournament in the fall, a track tournament in the spring, speech tournaments and other student events.

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