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YMCA basketball players suit up at Mass Mutual Center

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Before the Springfield Armor took the court Sunday afternoon, some younger players got the chance to shine inside the Mass Mutual Center.

For the third year in a row, the YMCAs of Greater Springfield and Greater Hartford came together for a basketball competition.

Teams from both groups played in three different games, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Organizers told CBS 3 that it is important for the groups to come together.

"For the young people, [we want them] just to come out and dream," said Kirk Smith, chief executive officer of the YMCA of Greater Springfield. "To play in an arena like this, this is an NBA floor. To see this environment, to look up and see people in the stands. It just opens their minds up and gets them to dream."

"We love bringing two great cities together, Springfield and Hartford, and the children and families from those cities together, so we can do the work that needs to be done to create a greater regional community," said James Morton, chief executive officer of the YMCA of Greater Hartford.

After wrapping up their games, the players and their families were allowed to stick around and watch the Armor face the Canton Charge.

Though they were tied at half time, the Armor fell in the end by a score of 118-105.

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