The Athens Middle School coaching staff, lead by Coach Ryan Priem and Coach Dacia Williams hosted the first ever Hoops for Heart 3-on-3 basketball tournament to raise money for the American Heart Association.

Ten teams participated.

The teams competed in three pools and then were seeded for a double elimination tournament.

The first-place team was Alex Furr, Richard Kramer, Coach Jeff Shubert and Priem.

Second place went to Nick Monmouth, Desmond Bowie, Devin Bowie, Robert Morgan and Ryan Sessions.

Capturing third place was the team of A.T. Cumby, Bradley Thompson, Tyler Yarbrough, Jerad Tilley and Rashad White.

The teams started playing Monday, May 8 at 7am. The tournament finished Thursday, May 11 at 8 a.m. This meant that the kids had to get up early and be at school a full hour before school started to participate in the tournament.

All four physical education classes also participated in raising money for the American Heart Association.

Joseph Splawn raised the most money for the second period class. Ashton Nanez raised the most money for third period and raised the most money out of everyone in the school with $150.

Cori Warren won fifth period and Octavia Roberts won sixth period.

These four students as well as the team of Monmouth, Desmond and Devon Bowie, Morgan and Ryan Sessions were treated to a free lunch at Ochoa’s Mexican Restaurant on Friday, May 12. The team of Monmouth, Morgan, Sessions, and the Bowie Twins get to attend because they raised the most money out of any team.

Overall, AMS raised $1,143 for the American Heart Association. The representative for the AHA was so surprised and astonished at the turnout from the tournament that she made another visit.

“Usually, I only attend an event one time, but this was so exciting that I told my boss that I had to come back and watch the finals,” Susan Elizondo, Youth Market Director for AHA.

Elizondo goes to Wal-Mart every year to get a matching grant from them and this year Susan has chosen Athens Middle School as the school for that grant. If Wal-Mart matches our donation of $1,143 then it will put AMS over the $1,500 limit for the P.E. program to receive $100 check from AHA to use toward the purchase of PE equipment.

Priem and Williams said they would like to thank everyone in the community that donated money to a student for the American Heart Association.

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