Local basketball games to help fund scholarships

Ruthie Pope Sports Writer

September 24, 2013

Men’s basketball teams from as far away as Washington, D.C. will converge on Sampson Middle School this weekend in hopes of winning a trophy, but also for a good cause.

Brothers4Christ CEO Kenneth Hicks said the organization is hosting this tournament, as well as one this past June and another one in the coming months to fund two $500 college scholarships.

He said teams from Virginia, Georgia, Jacksonville, Greensboro, Raleigh, and Wallace will be represented at the tournament, which begins 9 a.m. Saturday morning and ends Sunday afternoon with the trophy presentation.

There is an admission charge and refreshments will be sold, but Hicks said the proceeds will go toward the two scholarships which will help fund a Clinton High student’s 4-year college tuition. He said the student does not have to be an athlete to qualify, but does have to maintain at least a 2.0 gpa.

The scholarships are in memory of Herbert ‘2 Shot’ Dixon, who was a student at CHS, and Celestial Moore Graham, who taught in the Clinton school district.

“We were able to award these scholarships for 8 years, but due to the economy, we haven’t been able to give the scholarships the last two years. Teams just couldn’t afford to come and play. We plan to give two scholarships away at the end of this school year,” he stated.

There will be security at the games, according to Hicks.

“I hope people will come out to support this, because the money we raise is going to a good cause,” he added.