By Mason W. Canales
Killeen Daily Herald
The Harker Heights Hustlers will compete against the Temple College coaching staff for a Disability Awareness Night during half-time of one of two games played at the campus tonight.
The Lady Leopards will take the court at 5:30 p.m. at Temple College, followed by the Leopards at 7:30 p.m. During half-time of the men's game, the Hustlers and the Temple College coaching staff will take the court.
The Hustlers game should last about 20 to 25 minutes and is being played to promote awareness of the Harker Heights Adaptive Sports program, which is now a U.S. Paralympic Club, said Joe Brown, Harker Heights Parks and Recreation athletic coordinator.
"This is a great avenue for them to play and provide a networking opportunity," Brown said. "There are athletes out there that don't know what we are doing here, and they continue to stay at home instead of engaging in sports activities."
The program currently runs adaptive youth soccer, adaptive rock climbing, wheelchair basketball, adult softball and volleyball and more.
Temple College was more than honored to support the program by hosting the Hustlers for the fundraiser and awareness night, said Danny Joe Scott, Temple
College athletic director.
The college is not going to charge admission to the game, but instead is asking that people make donations to the U.S. Paralympic Club, he said.
"We are just looking for a fun time and to give them some exposure," Scott said.
All the funds will go toward helping the program purchase handle cycles for the club, adaptive fencing equipment mainly for youth fencing, and to help the Hustlers participate in tournaments around the state, Brown said.
The Hustlers are excited to play this important community game, where they get show off their skills, Brown said.
The Temple College coaches are also looking forward to the game, Scott said.
"It is awesome assist to our area ... and what they are doing is needed by so many in our area," Scott said. "I would really like to see (adaptive sports) take off and see become part of our world here in Central Texas."
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