SIKESTON - Scott County Central High School will host a charity basketball game on Saturday, Oct. 3 for the victims of the hurricanes along the Gulf Coast.
Head coach David Heeb of Scott County Central said that the game will feature a "Who's Who" of all-time great Southeast Missouri basketball players. Heeb indicated that the idea sprung from a parent of a Scott County Central basketball parent.
"One of our kids' parent, Randy Grant, approached me about coming up with something that could be a charity event for the victims of the hurricanes," said Heeb. "Randy works at Lowe's in Sikeston and they contacted us about hosting an event."
Heeb thought a charity basketball game that would include legendary local basketball players might be a success.
"So far the response for the event has been terrific," said Heeb. "We've got some really good players coming in to play this game."
Some names of former greats that have been mentioned in participating in the charity game are: Corey Frazier (Charleston), Jeramy Biles (Charleston), Rashad Oliver (Charleston), Otto Porter (Scott Co.), Jerry Porter (Scott Co.), Doug Blissett (Scott Co.), Terry Bell (Scott Co.), Tony Wofford (New Madrid Co.), Ed Farr (New Madrid Co.), Deon Turner (Sikeston), Lontas McClinton (Sikeston), Jermaine Harrington (Sikeston), Marshaun West (Sikeston), Corey Johnson (Clearwater), Shawn Kinder (Delta) and Chad Allen (Three Rivers/
The admission for the game will be $1.00 for students and $2.00 for adults. Lowe's will double the amount of money that is made at the gate and all proceeds will go directly to the victims of the hurricanes that have ravaged the Gulf Coast.
Beside the basketball games, a raffle will be held at the event and several local businesses have donated prizes that can be won. Heeb said merchandise like BBQ grills can be won at the raffle.
In addition to the raffle, live music will be provided by the Boot Heel Boys.
Local coaches will tip-off the charity event at 3 p.m. on Saturday as coaches from the SEMO Conference will play against coaches from the Tri-County Conference. At 4 p.m. coaches from the Scott-Mississippi Conference will battle coaches from the Stoddard County Conference.
Alumni from Sikeston and New Madrid will take the court to play against each other at 5 p.m. The other alumni game will pit Charleston versus Scott County Central at 6 p.m.
The charity event will be the first time that games will be played in the new gym at Scott County Central.
"It should be a good time," said Heeb. "The money will go to the survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, so it will be for a good cause. It will also be a celebration of basketball for all SEMO fans who remember watching all these guys play."
For further information on the charity event call (573) 471-2001.