The KTRE Pineywoods Showdown will continue the act of giving back this Thursday when teams from Angelina and Nacogdoches County play for a good cause.
Each team on the boys and girls side will represent a charity. The winning teams will give proceeds from the games to their charities. The Angelina County teams are representing the Boys and Girls Club of Deep East Texas and Habitat for Humanity of Angelina County.
The Boys and Girls Club is set up across America with the goal of enabling children to realize their potential. The Deep East Texas Center started getting backing in 1988 and by 1990 they had opened their doors. They have centers in Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Diboll, San Augustine, Hardin County, and Polk County.
"We have programs for both after school and the summer," Jeremiah Campbell. "They can work in the arts, athletics, character development, leadership and other programs that allow them to be better citizens."
Several of the All-Stars on the Angelina Boys team got their start at the club they are representing.
"The place is very important," Diboll senior Dominique Guy said. "They were a big influence in my life like fundamentals, when to shoot and how to shoot."
"It is a fun place," MaRozzney House said. "They taught me a lot of stuff in basketball and now we will give back."
With the Angelina County girls, the team is looking to put roofs over peoples heads.
"I picked Habitat for Humanity because I think it is important because everybody should have a home."
For more than 20 years, the non-profit has helped put families into homes. Each home costs around $70,000 so every bit of money helps.
"Any donation goes to build the homes," Susan Robertson said. "We also give them financial literacy programs. We make sure that we cover all the bases with the families. This is not a free house. They have to make payments. We just make sure we are helping those in need."
The games for the Pineywoods Showdown start at 6 p.m. on April 19 from Central Heights High School. Admission to the game is $5. All the money will go back to the charities.
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