Angelina Co. girls all-stars learn about the cycle of violence

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - There's one week left until the Angelina County boys and girls face the Nacogdoches County boys and girls in the 2013 KTRE pineywoods showdown basketball game.

Friday, the Angelina County girls learned about the Family Crisis Center and the women, men, and children that are helped daily at the facility. It's a place many of them knew very little about.

"We learned about how they help the children and that any violence can happen to any person, any ethnicity, and any race," Christen Simmons, Diboll senior, said.

The team was given a private tour of the facility where they learned more about stopping the cycle of violence.

"It's sad what they go through but it's good to know they have help," Chassity Walker, Diboll senior, said.

By the end of the visit, the Angelina County girls had a new outlook on winning the pineywoods showdown.

"I want to win so bad just to help these people," Walker said.

"I just want to win for their sake to help them out and show that we did learn something." Ebonie Williams, Lufkin senior, said.

If these all stars do win, the funds will be unrestricted for the survivors at the Family Crisis Center of East Texas.

"It feels really good to know that we can communicate our agencies message and talk about what we do, and those that we serve, and spread the word," Heather Kartye, Family Crisis Center executive director, said. "The funds will go back into our direct service operations, so serving our clients directly; specifically in our emergency shelter and our outreach clients."

The Family Crisis Center can't wait to motivate their all-stars on the court next Thursday.

"We're really excited about next week's game, We're going to be there. We're going to have signs," Kartye said.

The girls will practice once more before the game where they hope to take home a win for the families at the crisis center.

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