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Angelina Co. boys represent CASA at KTRE Showdown

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CASA of the pines uses events like their 5K as a way to raise awareness (Source:KTRE Staff) CASA of the pines uses events like their 5K as a way to raise awareness (Source:KTRE Staff)
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

The recent Superhero Fun Run had special spectators cheering the superheroes of tomorrow.

Ethan Dhone and Pryde Nerren spent their morning learning about the charity they would be representing.

"Unfortunately with drug addiction, child abuse and neglect it has been on the rise," said CASA of the Pines Director Natalie Thornton. "Over the past five or six years our caseload has doubled."

For 20 years, CASA of the Pines has been helping East Texas children that find their self in the court system due to choices their parents make.
The organization is lead by Thornton. Their goal is to make sure every child has a voice in a complex legal system.

"When the kid is placed in foster care then the judge assigns a guardian," Thornton said. "This person is the person that gets to know the child, works with the child, helps CPS and makes sure the child does not fall through the cracks."

The choice to represent the child advocate non-profit was made by coach Kevin Hurley.

"Being in education for 25 years, anything I can do to give back to kids," Hurley said. "It touched my heart."

When the ball tips off tomorrow these players know they are playing for the future of children in need.

"I hope we raise a lot of money for these kids," said Huntington senior Ethan Dhone. "They really need it and to find a better home."

"It's better for them," said Huntington senior Pryde Nerren. "They need a better thing. I just hope we can touch their lives."

"Everyone has been in the position when they don't know what to do," Dhone said. "They need help. We are there to help them with that."

The girls game tips off at 6 p.m. Thursday, followed by the boys at the Central Heights Gym. Admission is $5 and children 4 and under can get in free.

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