Basketball tourney to support FRA programming

By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG
Posted 8/14/19

The Family Resource Agency is planning a basketball tournament to raise money for its Family Violence Program, which helps victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, along with its Harbor Safe …

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Basketball tourney to support FRA programming

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The Family Resource Agency is planning a basketball tournament to raise money for its Family Violence Program, which helps victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, along with its Harbor Safe House shelter. 

The Victory Over Violence 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14, at Cleveland High School’s Raider Arena. There are divisions for players of nearly all ages, and the deadline to register is fast approaching. 

“There is no local fundraiser like this in Cleveland, and this is a great cause,” said Catherine Rice, executive assistant to the CEO at the Family Resource Agency. 

The all-day event will run from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and consist of a series of games in the following divisions: third through fifth grade, sixth through eighth grade, ninth through 12th grade and adults. 

During each game, players will play to 15 points or 20 minutes — whichever comes first. Each team can have up to five players, and each team is guaranteed to be able to play at least three games. 

There will also be a special half-court shooting contest for those wishing to showcase their skills. In between games, Family Violence Program staff and clients will share stories of “victory” over domestic violence and sexual assault. 

“We offer a variety of services to help — the Harbor Safe House shelter, individual crisis counseling, support groups, court advocacy and more,” said Angie Benefield, director of the Family Violence Program. “We are looking forward to being able to share what all we do.” 

The deadline to register a team is Aug. 23, and the entry fee is $110 per team. The entry fee goes up to $135 for late registration, which takes place Aug. 24 to Sept. 6. 

Admission to watch the games Sept. 14 will be $7 for anyone age 12 or older and $3 for children under 12. Concessions will also be available for sale. 

There are also corporate sponsorship opportunities available, ranging in price from $750 to $3,500. Each level includes perks like VIP seating. 

“It will all go into the program budget, which will be a big help for us moving forward,” Benefield said. 

While not a requirement for tournament participation or admission, the Family Resource Agency is also asking people attending the tournament to bring items to donate to the Harbor Safe House. 

The shelter provides a variety of household and personal items to women and children residing affected by domestic violence. Because of what leaving a violent domestic situation can entail, many lack the most basic items. 

“Sometimes, women come to the shelter with nothing but what they have on their backs,” Rice said, adding mothers with children may not have anything for the children either. 

Items on the shelter’s wishlist include: Clorox wipes, laundry detergent, fabric softener, dishwasher tabs, Lysol disinfectant, boxed food items like pasta and macaroni & cheese, cereal, coffee and supplies, juice, tea, cake mix and frosting, gift bags, shampoo and conditioner, hand soap, paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, women’s deodorant, new underwear in women and children’s sizes, new house slippers in women and children’s sizes, diapers, baby wipes, dolls, unused makeup, suitcases, tote bags, Walmart gift cards and used cellphones in working condition. 

In addition to providing shelter for women and children affected by domestic violence, the Family Violence Program helps both men and women affected by domestic violence and sexual assault through counseling and other office-based services. 

Benefield said there is, unfortunately, a consistent need for these services. The organization has also seen a recent increase in male sexual assault victims as more men find themselves in vulnerable situations like homelessness. 

To help the Family Violence Program by registering a team for the tournament, visit www.tourneymachine.com/E63033 or call Catherine Rice at 423-303-3519. Rice is also the one to contact for sponsorship information.

For tournament rules and additional event information, visit www.facebook.com/FamilyViolenceProgram

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