Champions for Children Basketball Tournament Taking Place
July 2, 2009The first annual Champions for Children basketball tournament taking place Friday, July 10, through Sunday, July 12 originally slated to take place at Scarborough High School has been moved to Shaw Gym at 28 Ball Park Road in Gorham.
The beneficiaries will be the Morrison Developmental Center and the Evergreen Child Development Center. Together they serve families affected by developmental disabilities from southern to West Central Maine.
The tournament festivities will include guest appearances by the new Maine Red Claws dance team. In addition, basketball player Patrick Thibodeau, a recent graduate of Greely High School, will be on-hand Friday night to launch the festivities. Patrick is the student with Down syndrome who managed the Greely basketball team and got his chance to play in the team’s final home game—nailing a 3-pointer at the final buzzer—and receiving a standing ovation from the crowd.
There will be a high caliber of adult players from all over New England participating. Tournament games will be held Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m., with a performance by the Maine Red Claws dance team from 5-6:30 p.m. and a meet and greet with the dance team from 5-6 p.m. On Saturday games will run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday tournament hours from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children, and those under the age of 12 are free.
The Morrison Developmental Center in Portland is a not-for-profit organization specializing in the support and development of children and adults with disabilities. With proceeds from the tournament, Morrison will expand their preschool and school age programming.
The Evergreen Child Development Center in Farmington treats children with developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders, Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, and difficulties with learning and school performance. Evergreen will use its proceeds to provide charity care for children whose families are uninsured.
For information about sponsorship opportunities and more, contact Maureen Goudreau, FCHN Foundation Office director at (207) 779-2471 or Dorothy White, development director at the Morrison Developmental Center at (207) 874-1125.
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