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Home school athletics on the rise

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Home school athletics are becoming a more popular choice, and here in Arkansas, a new law is making it even more appealing.

Senate Bill 331 became a law in March of 2015. It allows home school teams to compete with public school teams in major sports like basketball. At the McGee Center in Conway, you can sometimes find those home school teams facing each other out on the court. 

One of those players on the Falcon home school basketball team is Aaron Griffin. He’s a senior and is dedicated to playing basketball.

"We are all like one big family on the home school teams, we are all great people. We get competitive, but at the end, we are all friends. So it's kind of like your own little world,” he said.

"Last year, we were able to pass a legislation that allows home school teams to play any AAA teams, and up until last year, we were not able to do that. AAA has been very gracious in working with us on the endeavor,” said Bennett.

The Pulaski County Home Educators Athletic Association's goal is to get kids who are home schooled out of the house and interacting with other kids through sports. On Thursday, players and their family members traveled all across the state to be there for the annual home school basketball tournament at the McGee Center. 

“We get to play competitive programs with home schooling, but it just opens up more than the six or seven teams. We get to play on a state-wide level. It opens up everyone for us.”

The home school teams don't have any challenge when it comes to play these bigger schools.

"I really don't even think about it honestly. I don't think home school or not. We just play ball honestly,” said Griffin.

Arkansas is the first state to officially allow home schoolers to play against sports teams at public and private schools, according to the Home School Legal Defense Association.