COPPERAS COVE — Focus at the free-throw line always is important, but the Copperas Cove Bulldawgs basketball team was shooting for more than practice Saturday at the first annual Free-throw Fundraiser to benefit the team banquet this spring.

“The money raised will help pay for our banquet costs, and any money left over will be used to pay tournament costs, uniforms and equipment,” said Billy White Jr., head basketball coach.

Each player shot 100 free throws. They had to get as many people as possible to sponsor each shot at 25 cents, 50 cents or $1 each or a flat rate. Before most players threw their 100 shots, more than $700 had been raised.

White and his staff of six coaches supervised the event, giving encouragement and instructions to their players.

Almost 50 players from the freshman, junior and varsity squads participated. Two coaches per squad recorded the number of free throws for each player.

Paula Williams, a parent volunteer, approached White with the free-throw fundraiser idea.

“I just thought of it as a easy and fun way to make money that still helps the kids with basketball,” she said.

Three parents helped Williams organize the event in less than three weeks.

Travis Bose, first assistant coach, saw multiple benefits from the fundraiser.

“We will definitely work on our free-throws, and it’s always good to get the kids together,” he said. “Also, an event like this teaches players about doing something for others.”

Bulldawg Rashard Odomes enjoyed working on his free-throw skills while helping his team.

“It’s fun to spend time just shooting baskets and doing good for the team banquet,” he said.

Kendall Ware joined the team last week and likes its strong team spirit.

“I get to play with great players, and we have great coaches and we really like to win,” he said.

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