Season’s one last

opportunity for

basketball games

Dear Editor,

This Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15 (Easter weekend), the Paulding County community will have one last opportunity this season to enjoy some great basketball games! How? By attending the 39th Annual 24-Hour Charity Basketball Marathon at the Wayne Trace/Payne Elementary Gymnasium.

The Marathon, sponsored by the Paulding Area Support Society (P.A.S.S.), formerly known as the Paulding Co. Society for Crippled Children and Adults and formerly affiliated with the Easter Seals Society, will provide both spectators and participants a chance to enjoy one last weekend of non-stop hard court action, complete with freshly popped corn, cold soft drinks, lots of great shots and plenty of emotion. Yeah, it’s kinda like the NCAA’s men’s “Final Four” games in Phoenix this past weekend!

This is the biggest annual fundraiser for P.A.S.S. and has “netted” upwards of $250,000 since its inception 39 years ago. Funds raised are distributed locally throughout the year to those physically impaired and medically challenged who need help purchasing equipment and services.

The Marathon committee, led by Payne resident Chad Benschneider, along with all other committee and P.A.S.S. members, serve as volunteers without compensation, making it possible for all proceeds raised at the Marathon to be used without deductions for administration and overhead.

The Marathon is truly a fun time for all ages, and as a past Marathon committee member, I urge you, your readers and all basketball enthusiasts to make every effort to attend. It will be worth it.

Tip-off time is 5:30 p.m. Friday with 52 games starting every 30 minutes, on the hour and half-hour. The last game will conclude around 8 p.m. Saturday evening with the awards ceremony immediately following. There is a nominal, one-time weekend entry fee at the door. Certainly a very charitable way to enjoy a part of your Easter weekend.

Jim Hooker

Mesa, Ariz.