Saturday's skills challenge drew participants from as far away as Baltimore and Annapolis.

Wearing bright red jerseys, a number of players represented the Olney Jaguars, a youth basketball organization that competes in the Force One league.

"It's great to be out here," Jaguars head coach Elliot Hedley said. "It's a great event, and we're looking for many more to participate in."

Aiden Gibbs, who trains at the Marvin Cofield Basketball School in Beltsville, was the fastest 9-year-old on the obstacle course, a speed competition that tests each players' dribbling, passing and shooting skills.

"I usually don't play like that," Gibbs said.

For ninth-grader Isaiah Jones, the skills challenge was an opportunity to prepare for winter basketball tryouts at Springbrook High School.

"I think I represented Silver Spring well," Jones said.

Timothy Jones, Isaiah's father, said he hopes events like the skills challenge will help motivate his son to be successful on the court and inside the classroom.

"It was great seeing him out there pushing himself," Timothy Jones said.

Seventh-grader Iyanu Mehlek, winner of the obstacle course and the three-point shootout for his age group, had his sights set even further down the road.

"This is like practice for the NBA," he said.