It was for the pride. It was for the honor. It was for Relay For Life.
It was the second year that Sevier County First Responders came together to help the SCHS club support Relay For Life of Sevier County.
I found a safe parking space.
Fire trucks at the ready.
The admission price was a great deal for there was a lot of action to see this year.
We arrived before the games began. Teams were warming up in preparation for their 8 minute battle for basketball dominance.
Team captains were called to the front to get instructions. Beth Ownby was orchestrating the event and sharing information.
Michael Maddron, Ben Brabson, and Bryan McCarter were preparing to put the 2nd Annual Hoops For Heroes event into motion.
There were 5 teams last year and 13 teams this year. It was a crowded floor—which was great for the competition—and for the onlookers. Nonstop action.
Next, it was time for the players to pose for a quick team photo. The Sevier County Fire Dept, Sevier County Sheriff’s Department, Sevierville Police, and Gatlinburg Police Departments were in good spirits and ready to play.
More teams are ready to play.
Sevier County’s finest were ready for the epic battle and the 2019 trophy.
More teams meant a larger crowd this year—and a very successful event! Honestly, it kinds of looked like a Smoky Bears basketball game.
Other Relay For Life Teams were present to support the event.
Teams were introduced in the link above. It is a small moment that I captured on video.
Play commenced and each team worked hard to advance to the finals.
In the link above, Jamie Roberts scores for the Sevierville Police Department.
I thought that the concessions were very reasonable and and there was a nice variety. Where can you buy a water for $1?
This team was fierce!
This photo composite rests on the wall across from the ladies room. For some reason, I always like looking at it when I pass it by in the hallway.
The 2019 Hoops for Heroes event was a success in many ways. More than double the teams participated this year; consequently, the crowd was larger and the donation was even greater.
I could see that this event is due to the efforts of many people. Thanks to the SCHS Relay For Life members and the sponsors, Ben Brabson and Leslie Mattern. Thanks to Michael Maddron and all the heroes who came to do battle on the basketball court. Thanks go to Bryan McCarter for announcing the games and adding his entertaining commentary. Thanks to Rebecca Cowan, the 2019 Chairperson for Relay For Life in Sevier County and the organization itself for their efforts to fight cancer and give patients resources that they need for a better life.
I saw several photographers working the event so I sat back and enjoyed the games. As a result, this story is not very long, but I am sharing the link below so you can see all the photos that were uploaded to the Relay For Life Facebook page.
This is a wonderful way for families to get out and about in Sevierville, enjoy sports, and support a noble cause. Save me a seat in the bleachers next year!