Monday, February 15, 2010

Kiwanis Club Shootout Photos

The McMurry vs. Hardin-Simmons basketball rivalry has been one of intensity for both the men's and the women's teams over the years. But as important as the basketball games are to each school, there's always a reminder for both programs every year that it's just a game. February 1 marked the 13th season that McMurry and HSU have teamed up with the Kiwanis Club of Abilene to bring awareness to the Hendrick Children's Miracle Network and the Meek Children's Hospital.

Please check out the photo gallery link below, and then see an excerpt from David Jones, the backbone behind the Kiwanis Club Shootout in an email he sent following the event to the participants.

Photo Gallery Link

Thank you, thank you, thank you...for making the 13th Annual - Kiwanis Club of Abilene - Basketball Shoot Out a big success. Attached are just a few of the photographs from the Shoot Out so you can see the fun we had.

With your help, this years Shoot Out raised $4,005.07 for children in need. This makes the total amount we have donated in the last 13 years to the Children's Miracle Network and Hendrick Children's Hospital ... $43,377.06.

The Change Bandits did a great job again this year in robbing people for a good cause. We really appreciate the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Boy Scout Troop #206, First Financial Bank and of course the women's and men's basketball teams from McMurry and Hardin-Simmons for their efforts. Thanks especially to First Financial Bank, who was not only our corporate sponsor, but the fine folks at the River Oaks Branch also counted all of the money in the "Bandit Bags" that were turned in, which is quite an undertaking.

The ceremonial ball toss and half-time Change Bandit donations went great. Thank you coaches, players and universities for making our Miracle Kids, Keegan Vowell and Ryan Courvelle, feel extra special. I'm not sure we have ever had anyone ham it up quite as much as Ryan did during the second half-time. He was having a great time.

Of course, we really appreciate Melinda Blay and Megan Clifton and all the folks at Children's Miracle Network who helped with a lot of the details of putting the Shoot Out on and making it a grand success this year.

-- David Jones, Shootout Chairman

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