Middle school girls basketball team helps bring basketball to deaf center

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - It's rusted and broken, a damaged scene of what used to bring the children at De L'epee deaf center great joy.

"Unfortunately our basketball goal broke last year and we haven't really been able to get it fixed," said center director Greg Crapo.

He said the simple game of basketball makes the children very happy.

"It brings them together, gives them that feeling of competition and just gives them the opportunity to just be a regular kid," said Crapo.

Enter North-Woolmarket Middle School Lady Sharks, a team that not only comes together on the court, but also in the community. Together, they're raising money to help bring a new basketball court for De L'Epee deaf center.

"Well, I know how much I love to play basketball, and they don't have a court, so we figured we'd raise money and help them," said 13-year-old Kayli White.

Through an upcoming car wash, the team members hope to bring the joy of dribbling and shooting back to the center.

"It is a very rewarding experience for them to see other kids have the same opportunity that they have," said Coach Tanya Rae Adams.

Adams said she's very proud of her girls' selfless hearts. Their giving attitude leads to a grateful spirit.

"We're really excited that someone has taken it upon themselves to try to help us out," said Crapo.

And they're eagerly awaiting the day when the sounds of dribbling balls and swooshing nets fill this court once again.

The carwash will be held Saturday at Dave's Chevron on East Wortham Road and Hwy 67 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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