Players put on beneficial fundraisers

A co-ed team of middle school students crushed the SPU men’s basketball team on Nov. 18, but none of the players were too concerned with the loss. As part of a fundraiser to benefit pediatric tumor research, six members of the varsity squad took to wheelchairs to challenge some young hoopsters who were wheelchair-bound themselves.

Junior basketball player Casey Reed and senior classmates Justin Abel, Ryan Jewell and Lindsey Johnson organized the basketball workshop for 9- to 14-year-olds. As a project for an upper level business class, the four students teamed with Children’s Hospital and the Seattle SuperSonics to raise almost $2,000.

Ex-Sonics player Slick Watts helped facilitate the time, which included the wheelchair exhibition game and plenty of fun drills. About 45 youths attended the workshop.

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Title: Players put on beneficial fundraisers | Author: Daniel Miller | Section: Sports | Published Date: 2007-11-28 | Internal ID: 6161