At long last, Delaware youth basketball program will get a new home for the kids

Lonnie Wright described the process of going from a dream of a youth sports complex to its reality as “a long 3½ years,” drawing out the word “long” for emphasis.

That reality began Tuesday when Wright, the founder and executive director of the Nothing But Net Sports Academy, announced a site just off Route 896 in Glasgow, at 900 Technology Drive. 

NBNSA is a boys and girls youth basketball and education program in Delaware that Wright founded in 2017.

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The site will house a youth sports complex that will feature six basketball courts, an 80-yard indoor turf field to be used for various sports including flag football, baseball/softball, lacrosse and so on. The facility will also include volleyball courts, an area for wrestling, a training center and “anything you can host indoors,” he said.

Wright said he expects construction to begin sometime next month, with an opening planned for the spring of 2022. He said the cost of the project, raised through donations and grants, is about $10 million.

Lonnie Wright, shown instructing kids during a Nothing But Net Sports Academy practice in 2019, said he expects construction to begin next month on a facility to host his basketball program, as well as other youth sports.

“Honestly, there were times I was wondering if this would ever happen,” Wright said. “But we persevered, and it’s a great feeling to be able to have a place like this. It’s a great thing for youth sports and the state of Delaware.”

The facility will also have an academic center, a major part of Wright’s mission to provide more than just athletics to youth throughout the state.


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