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A group of 21- to 40-year-old residents of Greater Williamsburg will take over the basketball courts at Quarterpath Recreation Center on Saturday to raise money for a local nonprofit that helps families of autistic children.
The three-on-three basketball tournament has been an annual event for the Williamsburg Jaycees for three years. Past proceeds were donated to Grove Christian Outreach Center, but this year, the group has decided to send the money raised by commercial sponsorships and sign-up fees paid by the teams to the One Child Center for Autism.
“We had been approached by One Child [Center for Autism], and they were really enthusiastic about being involved with the Jaycees and showed a great attitude about supporting the event,” said Randy Owen, a Jaycees member and the tournament’s director.
Each team of up to five people pays $60 to enter the tournament, which runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Quarterpath Recreation Center in Williamsburg. The first place team receives a $300 prize, while second place gets $150.
Owen said the last two tournaments raised about $1,000 each. He hopes to raise $1,500 in Saturday’s tournament for the local nonprofit, which helps children with autism to develop via specialized therapy. The group is especially focused on children from families without insurance or who have limited financial resources.
The Williamsburg Jaycees is composed of local 21- to 40-year-olds who want to gain leadership experience while engaging in projects to improve the community. The group has overseen numerous projects in the past, including blood drives, volunteer efforts at the Salvation Army and fundraisers for local nonprofits.
Slots are still available for teams interested in playing in the tournament. While the tournament has traditionally attracted more men, it is also open to women. To register a team, call Owen at 645-5851 by 10 a.m. Saturday.
A complete list of rules for the tournament is available on the Jaycees’ website.