South Stokes opened its gym doors for a good cause Saturday morning when the Lady Sauras hosted a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to raise money for Brenda Shouse, a Saura mom battling stage 4 colon cancer.
Organizer Scott Joyce along with Olivia Morris and Suzanne Rothrock said the event took a couple months of planning, but was well worth it when the community support began pouring in.
“We did a Facebook page and then there was a lot of word of mouth. People started sharing it and it got out pretty quick. After the first day we had people calling us wanting to donate items. We really didn’t have to buy anything so the money was able to go directly to the family which was great,” Joyce said.
Each participant paid $20 to play and the all-day tournament was divided into girls, boys, and an adult division with prizes for first and second place. Local restaurants and shops pitched in gift cards. Donations were taken at the door, concessions ran throughout the day, and a silent auction also helped raise money.
Joyce has coached two of Shouse’s daughters over the years and said the family is a special one and he was appreciative of those who’ve rallied alongside them in their time of need.
“It just shows a lot of heart and compassion. There’s a lot of love in this community. We may be small, but when it comes to things like this we come together to do big things,” he said.
Joyce said the Lady Sauras played a role in making the day a success by working as court monitors and score keepers.
“The girls from the basketball team have been a big blessing. The parents have also been great helping with concessions and getting things done,” Joyce said.
The coach would like the support to continue. Initially organizers hoped to raise $2500 towards Shouse’s medical expenses, but exceeded that amount to nearly $3500.
“I hope the kids here are reminded to love their families and keep giving back. People matter. We need to take care of our families and that includes families in our community,” Joyce said.
To make an online donation to Brenda Shouse go to http://www.gofundme.com/Brenda-Shouse
Amanda Dodson can be reached at (336) 813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.