The Home School Court Report
VOLUME VIII, NUMBER 4
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JULY / AUGUST 1992
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Cover Stories
The President’s GI Bill for Kids—Will Home Schoolers Benefit?

Michigan High Court Accepts DeJonge Case

Home Schoolers Compete in National Spelling Bee Championship

School Vouchers: Pro and Con

Home Schooler Wins Before Alabama Court of Appeals

Features

Letters

National Center Reports

National Basketball Tournament

HSLDA Welcomes Sixth “Attorney”

Across the Provinces

President’s Corner

Across the States

National Basketball Tournament

The first annual National Home School Basketball Tournament, held March 12, 13, and 14 in San Antonio, Texas, marks a milestone in home-schooling sports history! Twenty-six teams from California, Michigan, Colorado and seven Texas regions squared-off in four divisions: Junior and Senior Girls and Junior and Senior Boys.

A total of 44 games were played, and each match-up was officiated by a professional high school referee. Following the games, an awards ceremony and dinner were held for all of the participants. First, second, and third place teams in each division were honored with special trophies.

Other awards included 10 All-American Awards and a Most Valuable Player award from each of the four divisions. Basketballs, autographed by NBA player Terry Cummings of the San Antonio Spurs, were awarded to one player in each of the four divisions for good sportsmanship.

San Diego team organizer Steve Coffman said the tournament was a great opportunity for the students who participated. He emphasized the value of learning to work together as a team and the challenge to excel. “You can be real proud of how much progress you’ve made locally, but when you've been into a national situation, there’s going to be somebody who’s better.”

A highlight of the games came in the final seconds of the Senior Boys final championship match. Trailing the Brazos, Texas, team by two points, a San Antonio player scored an outstanding three-point basket at the game’s final buzzer.

Evangelist/historian Richard “Little Bear” Wheeler was on hand during the tournament to lead times of Christian praise and devotions.

Beth Roth, who helped organize the Grand Rapids, Michigan, team said devotional times were of benefit to the students. She reflected on the lesson taught by Little Bear, “Just because you lose doesn't mean that you have not succeeded…only when you give up have you really lost.”

Roth said her team is really excited about future tournaments. “Before they even left, they were talking about next year.”

1992 National Home School
Basketball Tournament
Final Standings

Junior Girls
1st Place: San Antonio, TX
2nd Place: Houston, TX
3rd Place: Denver, CO

Senior Girls
1st Place: San Antonio, TX
2nd Place: San Diego, CA
3rd Place: Denver, CO

Junior Boys
1st Place: San Antonio, TX
2nd Place: Dallas, TX
3rd Place: Houston, TX

Senior Boys
1st Place: San Antonio, TX
2nd Place: Brazos, TX
3rd Place: Grand Rapids, MI