NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - For a third straight year, the kids at Glory Gang Ministries will benefit from the KTRE Pineywoods Showdown. The ministry sees around 300 students a week.
East Texas News went out earlier this week and caught up with the players that showed up to give a helping hand.
A Sunday rain did not stop the kids from showing up at Glory Gang, which has become a favorite charity for Kevin Herron, the head basketball coach for Central heights.
"When you walk into the door the kids are having a great time," Herron said.
On a weekly basis about 300 kids are bused in from all over Nacogdoches to hear encouraging music and then an encouraging word.
The first children first walked through the doors 17 years ago.
"My pastor got the call to do this," said Pastor Richard Konderla. "God put it in his heart to do this, and I had just started coming to church here and he was speaking on it, and I was fired up to do this."
The ministry has grown so much that more volunteers are needed on a weekly basis and for the Nacogdoches Boys All Stars, getting a chance to serve meant something.
"It's encouraging because the kids have a lot of spirit, but here they are shown where to direct it," said Zack Street, a Central Heights senior. "It has an eternal impact on them."
Joel Badders, a Central Heights senior, is a regular volunteer at Glory Gang and said when he takes the court at the Showdown he will do so with the children on his mind.
"It's not just a game. It is bigger than that," Badders said. "To see the kids singing and worshiping Jesus, you get to see that child-like faith."
Badders said he hopes the other players feel the same.
The charities are wanting everyone to show up and support the cause. The winning team will donate the profits from admission to their charities. The game is this coming Monday at the Panther Gym in Lufkin. Admission is $5, and the girls tip off at 6 p.m. with the boys playing after that.
On Friday, we will finish our coverage with the Angelina Boys taking a visit to a home build for Habitat for Humanity.