Basketball saving lives.
How does that work?
Well, First Baptist Church of Normandy is holding a charity basketball tournament on April 20. All proceeds benefit Samaritan Purse's "Turn on the Tap" program to provide safe drinking water around the world.
Did you know not everyone in the world can simply turn on a tap and get clean, safe drinking water? And here in America, we have that option as well as taking bottled water everywhere. According to Samaritan's Purse, people in Africa spend 40 billion hours hauling water every year. Can you imagine all that work just so you can safely have a drink or cook?
This three-on-three basketball tournament starts at 8 a.m. at Cascade High School. The games are open to boys, girls and adults.
Admission is $1. But I'm sure the organizers would appreciate larger donations to help people dying from thirst.
Every team will be guaranteed two games in the double-elimination tournament
Divisions will be scheduled by grade: fourth to sixth grade, seventh to ninth grade and 10th to 12 grade. There will be an adult division as well. Student division winners will receive trophies. Adult winners will receive, fittingly enough, a case of water.
There will be a three-point contest for each division with prizes awarded; it costs $5 to enter.
Team registration is $30, which is due the day of the game, Heath said. Registrations are due by April 10.
Every day, 2,000 children around the world die because of water issues.
"They're dying because of water," said Kim Heath, one of the organizers.
To register for to get more information, call Kim Heath at 931-205-1358.