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ABAC Helps Katrina Victims

September 20, 2005

Tifton -- The Abraham Baldwin College men's basketball team will be holding a three-on-three hoops tournament this weekend.

The tournament was originally designed as a fundraiser for the program, but things have changed.

ABAC is planning on raising a lot of money, but instead of putting the funds back into their program, they'll be sending the proceeds down to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Coach Todd Sheppard says, "We just talked in our team meetings, and said 'What can we do to help?'"

Sheppard says the players were excited about the idea.

"They're excited about sending that check down there. Getting it to the red Cross, and they know the money will be well spent, and appreciated."

Freshmen Brandon Shingles says "It's a good charity for people less fortunate. They'd do it for us, so why not do it for them?"

Sophomore Michael Sapp says he doesn't take the game for granted anymore.

"When I first saw it, it really hurt me, because schools down there can't play like we can play everyday."

The tournament has a bracket for every level of play, and the former Westover star Shingles is looking for an extra-large turnout.

"I encourage my people from Albany to come out, and hopefully it'll be on of the best tournament this year."

Sheppard says "We feel like we can donate a large check to that relief effort."

If you'd like to sign up for this weekend's tournament, you can call ABAC coach Todd Sheppard at 229-391-4937.

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