Dallas Diesel Basketball Club and Conway native Willie McCray is looking to start up a sports program in Conway in 2018 called the Conway Bearcats.

“The Bearcats provides an opportunity for our members to reach personal goals through displaying discipline, sportsmanship, leadership, Christian mentoring and athletic competition,” McCray said.

The idea for Conway to have a sports program came to McCray, a former University of Central Arkansas football player, in 2016.

“I got bored down here [in Dallas] and started a basketball club here,” he said. “I thought it would be cool to go home and start a program in Conway.”

The program will feature a large age range, according to the website, from ages 5 to 105.

“Teams will be based on age range and the number of participants for each sport,” McCray said.

He said the program will feature basketball, flag football, soccer, softball and track, depending on interest.

However, initially both children and adult programs will start with basketball and expand from there. from ages 5 through 13 will participate in a skills and drills session, determining where they are in the selected sport, and will be put into different teams.

Once teams are formed, McCray hopes to get the teenagers to play against Amateur Athletic Union teams, while the adults will play against other competitive teams across Arkansas and the Dallas area.

Once teams are formed, they will play similar competition.

McCray said the program is Christian based, but that does not limit participants.

“We use the Christian principles from the Bible to build better community, better morals and a better sports community in Arkansas,” he said.

McCray said the team is not limited to just Conway athletes.

“We will practice one day a week and play our games on the weekend, so traveling every day is not a strenuous task,” he said.

McCray said there is not a target start date, but hopes to form teams in March.

Membership to Conway Bearcats is $10 per month.

Anyone can sign up at www.conwaybearcats.com.