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Basketball tournament to benefit local support group

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By Jesef Williams

Youmaywanttogetoutyourhigh-topshoesandgymshortstotakepartinabasketballtournamentthatwillraisemoneyforalocalsupportgroup. TheMilitarySpousalSupportCenterinRockHillisorganizingafive-on-fivebasketballchallengethatwillbeheldApril25-27inCharlotte.TheMSSC,whichbeganinSeptember,wasset-uptoprovidetherapy,counselingandotherservicesforspousesofmilitaryservicemenandwomen.ShirleyKingMiller,aLancasterCountynativewhofoundedthecenter,hopesproceedsfromtournamentparticipationandsponsorshipwillbeenoughtohelpthecentermeetitsbasicoperationsandequipmentneeds.Sofar,therearemorethan20teamsregistered.Theyarecomprisedofmilitarypersonnelfromacrosstheregion.SomeparticipantsarecomingfromGeorgia,NorthCarolina,Florida,TennesseeandVirginia.There’snolimittothenumberofteamsthatcanenter.Rostersmustfeaturebetweenfiveand12players,andallplayersmustbeoutofhighschool,Millersaid.OrganizershopeteamsfromLancasterCountywillsignup,too.Theentryfeeis$300perteam.TheMSSCisalsosellingbookletsthatwillgiveindividuals,businessesandothergroupsspacetoplaceadsforvaryingcosts.MillerthoughtabouthavingthetournamentinLancaster,butchoseCharlottebecauseofmoreaccesstofacilities.TheeventwilltakeplaceatfourdifferentrecreationcentersinCharlotte.Millerseestheeventnotonlyasafundraiser,butalsoasanotherwaytogetthewordoutaboutMSSC’sservices.“Overall,we’redoingOK,butweneedmoretokeepitgoing,”Millersaid.“There’salotofveteransandspouseswhocanutilizethecenter.”ThedeadlinetoregisterforthetournamentorbuyanadforthebookletisApril4.Makecheckspayableto:MilitarySpousalSupportCenter,P.O.Box2805,Lancaster,SC29721.FormoreinformationaboutthetournamentorMSSC,callMillerat804-8548.Here-mailaddressisking9@comporium.net.

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