Hoop Heroes help off the court

Posted on: 3:45 pm, June 22, 2013, by

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Teamwork creates winners on the court but it also builds character off of it. When the 8 and 9-year-old players, on a team called, “Thunder,” decided to help their coach who lost his home in the Moore tornado, they knew exactly what they had to do.

One player, Colby Rush said, “ We’re selling snow cones, popcorn, sandwiches and chips and water to help make money so he can build his home and all that stuff.”

Coach Marcus Dockins will never forget May 20th, the day he lost nearly everything.

“When I stepped out, my big brother had called me and said are ya’ll okay? We are all okay, but the neighborhood is gone. I helped my neighbor get out and I just left walking. Too many fumes in the air,” said coach Dockins.

His young team of basketball players have a lot of energy and they like to showcase their ball handling skills. But they didn’t come out today to play basketball, they went to work raising money.

They held a fundraiser at Randall Reed Ford in Oklahoma City by selling pulled pork sandwiches, snow cones and chips.

The mother of Colby Rush, Cheri said the team couldn’t wait to help coach Dockins.

“They were very excited when we decided to do something and help out,” Cheri says.

The team also made signs and collected donations using old basketballs to hold the money. Randall Reed Ford was happy to host the team and their efforts today.

“It’s great. It gives a way for us to help the community and for them to help their team and fundraisers. At the same time, it’s hot out and the snow cones help the customers and so everybody wins. It’s a great deal,” said Mike Wicker, General Sales Manager at Randall Reed Ford.

Coach Dockins hopes to rebuild his home, but he’s glad that he still has a family and his team; a team that’s there to help.

Life isn’t always about winning, but it should always be about caring. That’s what really counts.

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