On Saturday, an estimated crowd of over 1,000 people were on hand to see the “Home Town Heroes” play some light-hearted hoops against the Harlem Ambassadors.
The gym at Western Oklahoma State College was packed and all smiles. Well known locals laced up to be out done by the professional Harlem Ambassadors in this fun and entertaining show.
The intention of the evening, outside of the fun generated, was to raise funds for the WOSC #1 ranked Pioneers baseball program. A portion of the funds will be redistributed by the Pioneers back to the Altus All-Sports Association. A check will be presented later this week when all of the sponsors’ numbers are claimed.
The Altus Bulldogs were represented on the court by Coach Jeremy Reed, Deante Harris, McCrae Stephens, Ethan Lesley and Gabe “I will make it” Barton.
Western coach Chris Sharma acknowledged the state champion Bulldogs at the half. Andrelton Simmons, former Pioneer, Atlanta Brave and current Los Angeles Angels shortstop was announced. Simmons was inducted to the WOSC alumni Hall of Fame on Friday evening. He is here preparing for Spring training.
Kurt Russell weighed in on the impact of such a large turnout for the basketball event and what it means to his program.
“I want to thank Chad Wiginton and everyone who had a hand in organizing and participating in this event,” said Russell. “A big thank you to everyone who attended from the community. These funds generated mean a great deal to our program. Specifically, for me the greatest thing taken from the night is seeing my baseball players going up and down the stairs trying to sell concessions and working the event. Sometimes these kids think that after high school the path is an easy one all the way through the next levels. Tonight is another lesson for them – either they have to open their own wallets to fund the program or they have to work for the funds.”
Reach Brad Gilbert@482-1221 ext. 2076