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From left, Chris LeCours, MIGHT board member; Bernita Taylor,MIGHT director; and Scott Powell, Lawton Christian School athletic director, invite the community to be a part of the first-ever Lawton Basketball Benefit starting at 1 p.m. April 11 at Lawton Christian School.

Community organization will hold benefit basketball game

MIGHT Community Development & Resource Center is partnering with Lawton Christian School to host the first-ever Lawton Community Basketball Benefit starting at 1 p.m. April 11 at Lawton Christian School, west of Lawton at No. 1 Crusader Drive.

Entrance is for free to anyone who wants to watch the tournament and support and encourage the teams. Donations will be accepted and an Indian taco dinner will also be served at the concession stand.

Chris LeCours, MIGHT board member, said the vision is to involve the community and organizations such as police and fire departments for a positive impact on youth. 

"This is the first tournament and we are hoping to involve the police and fire departments in the next tournament, hopefully in the fall," LeCours said. "We are still looking for teams to participate in this tournament; anyone who is responsible and can put together a team of five boys is welcome."

So far four teams have signed up for the competition, two youth teams and two adult teams. The youth teams will each represent MIGHT and the school. The adult teams will be Fort Sill unit teams. No admission fee is required for teams competing in the benefit.

Scott Powell, athletic director of the school, said the purpose of the benefit is to raise funds for MIGHT and for the school and also to raise awareness in the community about the goals and work of the organizations.

"We are always looking to be more visible in the community, and being a Christian school it is important for us to get out and share our faith with the community," Powell said. "We are honored to come along side with MIGHT and be with them."

Powell said the school's scholarship fund is in need of donations.

"Being a private school, we require tuition from students," Powell said. "What we will love to do is partner with MIGHT to sponsor kids whose parents are interested in sending their kids to our school."

Bernita Taylor, MIGHT director, said both MIGHT and the school are community-based organizations with a genuine concern for the community. She thanked the school for providing its facility and team for the tournament. She added a basketball tournament will be something the boys will enjoy.

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