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Annual Basketball Tournament is Full of Heart

Annual Basketball Tournament is Full of Heart

Posted: Mar 23, 2018 6:12 PM

Redding, Calif -- It’s that time of year again, March Madness, when basketball fans are glued to their televisions and brackets to see which of the 68 men’s college basketball teams will make it on top.
But back here locally fans in Red Bluff saw a different kind of basketball tournament on Friday.
Barrendos Middle School in Red Bluff hosted the 11th annual High Hoops Basketball Tournament.
The event aims at bringing together middle school students with special need students of all ages as they compete in basketall.
“I only scored 5,” said Brandon.
Co-organizer of the event Jody Johnson says the tournament began more than a decade ago when Tehama County Occupational Therapists wanted to bring a new sporting event for special needs students.
Since then, the program has partnered with middle schools around the area to set up a real tournament where 14 teams of all different levels compete.
"The parents get to see their kids practice for something. And perform and play in a real basketball game with a real clock and real cheerleaders, and real uniforms," said Johnson.
And all the players seem to love it.
"This is kinda showing us whoever you are you can still do stuff in life no matter how challenging you get to the point and still get there eventually," said Savannah Suarez.
The event went on until noon and at the end the schools put aside their competitiveness and joined together in a line dance and thank those who got them this far.
" Hi mom"
"Hi mom."
"Hi mom I love you so much."

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