PONCE DE LEON, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Pick up hoops is a Saturday staple.
At Ponce de Leon High School Saturday morning, players off all ages teamed up to compete for a good cause: a 3-on-3 tournament and three point contest hosted by the Holmes County Sheriff's Office.
Proceeds go towards a school giveaway for county students.
Entry fees were $20 per player in the tournament. With more than 100 players participating, more than $1,000 was raised for the supply drive.
"We're going to do two outreaches," Sheriff John Tate said of the upcoming drives. "One of them will be on the west side of the river in Ponce de Leon--I think that's July 30th--and we'll do another in Bonifay at Doctors Memorial Hospital. This year we've decided to buy book bags to give away. I feel like it's our responsibility, especially after the hurricane. A lot of people are struggling."
Ponce de Leon boys basketball head coach Brad Alford laced up to play, more than happy to lend the Pirates' gym and a few hours of his time to the cause.
"We preach all the time about having one heartbeat and being a family, reaching out to people who are in need," Alford said." It's up to us as a community to step up and to lend a helping hand and help people out. If in a small way basketball can do that, I think it's awesome."
The tournament was won by “Not Fast, Just Furious" and team members Joseph Garner, Jamal Cain, Terry Morning, and Michael Godfrey with runners-up “Chipley’s Finest," comprised of team members Adrian Sims, Steven Daniel, Joe Young, Taylor Russ, and Chase Western.
Ben Vega won the three point competition with Dylan Land second.
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