Knights Basketball teams give back to community

Knights Basketball teams give back to community

The Middle Georgia State College Knights women’s and men’s basketball teams took time out of their schedule on Friday the 15th to give back to the community.  Bleckley County Elementary held a “Shoot Hoops Not Drugs” fundraiser that allowed the students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades to get time to shoot around, learn some skills, and get some autographs from the team.  Women’s head coach Anderson Ligon stated, “Our coaches and players look forward to this fun and very important community service event every year.”

The event was organized through the Communities in Schools/Family Connection program which is a non-profit group that has organized this event for the past 10 years at BCES and in conjunction with the MGSC basketball teams.  The money raised from the event will be used to help with the after school tutoring and other programs that benefit the students.  The organization helps keep students on track to graduate from an early point by providing outside help to students and also the after school program. 

All members of the men’s and women’s teams were present for the event splitting times between morning and afternoon groups.  The kids were split into six groups when they entered the gym and players were assigned to each group.  They started with a relay race in which the players were the first leg of the race and then each student got to dribble down and back.  The kids then went to one of six stations with players and rotated from station to station shooting free throws, lay-ups, jump shots, dribbling, and other skills.  After the kids had been to every station they were served snacks by players and then went around to tables to get autographs.  Players also shot around and played some games during the free time. 

The event raised over $7,000 for the programs and had about 480 students participate in its 11th year at BCES.  Head men’s coach Scott Moe said, “It is always a great feeling to give back to the community, that is why we love going to the elementary school every year and being a part of the “Shoot Hoops, Not Drugs” event.”