The 2013-'14 basketball campaigns are now underway for both Cumberland County and Stone Memorial high schools.
For 17 years now, high school basketball in Cumberland County has teamed up with the Crossville Lions Club in a project called “Shoot For Sight.” This worthwhile project provides funding for important eye care services to Cumberland County school children and other deserving individuals.
The basketball teams have exhibited great shooting touch from three-point range for many years.
The Lady Jets and Lady Panthers have last year’s best long-range bombers returning, Makenzie Iles for the Lady Jets and Jacki Livesay for the Lady Panthers. The Jets have Diego Poore and his team-leading 35.3 percent shooting percentage from behind the arc coming back this year. The Panthers will be looking to replace Brock Rowan and his team-leading 117 treys made in the Panthers’ deadly long-range attack during the 2012-'13 campaign.
Once again this year, these three pointers will be worth even more than three points on the scoreboard.
The CCHS and SMHS more than $2,000 last season.
The Lions Club and the basketball teams are asking local businesses and individuals to pledge a given amount for every triple that they make during this coming season.
For example, the four teams made 817 treys last year. If someone pledges 10 cents per shot and the teams make 817 shots again this year that would amount to a $81.70 contribution to the Crossville Lions Club.
Another option is to donate a specific sum of money for the full season. Every dollar given will help provide vital eye care needs to the people of Cumberland County.
Lions Clubs have long been known for their work in sight conservation.
In 1925, Helen Keller addressed the Lions at their annual International Convention, challenging them to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” Since that time, service to the blind and visually impaired has become one of the association’s most significant activities.
Crossville Lions Club President, Gary Laura, recently stated, “We are pleased to team up with CCHS and SMHS basketball to support vision care for Cumberland Countians. It’s great for young people to take part in a community service project like this.”
Members of the Crossville club will be calling on local businesses and personal friends over the next few weeks for their financial support. Anyone wishing to contribute to “Shoot For Sight” may also contact the club’s project coordinator, Lewis Taylor of Highland Federal Savings & Loan, at 484-6178.