By Frank Lewis
If you would like to enjoy an evening of basketball and help less fortunate children to have a Christmas, you will want to make plans to attend the basketball game between Marshall University and troopers of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Saturday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. at Minford High School.
“Minford has been very supportive of us,” OSHP Sergeant John Howard said. “One-hundred percent of the money is going to go to Shop With a Trooper for our underprivileged children.”
The price of admission will be $5 and Marshall players will include South Webster Graduate Austin Loop and the players will be available for autographs after the game.
“Chris Duhon, retired from the NBA (Chicago, New York Knicks, Orlando and the Los Angeles Lakers), was a superstar for Duke before he went into the NBA, and he will be playing on their (Marshall) team,” Howard said. “He’s an assistant coach there, so it will be a good opportunity.”
Howard said, in addition to the $5 dollar admission, Minford will do split-the-pot and have concessions available for those in attendance.
“The wonderful thing about it is that it is all going to underprivileged children,” Howard said. “Sure we want some public awareness about Partners in Safety, but it’s always great for me if I can do a charity event and make people aware of Partners for Safety at the same time. Our people are off-duty when they’re doing this and (OSHP) Division will support that.”
Howard said recently the Shawnee State University women’s volleyball team had a game in which they solicited sponsors and raised several hundred dollars for Shop With a Trooper.
“That was awesome,” Howard said. “When those girls think about these underprivileged kids they bought in and they have been told they can come and help us when the children shop.”
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