The Play Day for Port A basketball tournament held at Delbert Ballard Memorial Gym in Quitman Saturday raised $1,602 to send to Port Aransas’ basketball program.
The Port Aransas School District sustained extensive damage in Hurricane Harvey. Quitman Head Basketball Coach Jim Reid, who coached at Port Aransas for five years several years ago, coordinated the tournament. Additionally, current Port Aransas Basketball Coach Kris Jones is married to the former Ginger Grider, a Quitman graduate and currently assistant girls coach at Port Aransas.
There was no admission charged, but the donation jar filled up throughout the day.
“I spent five years there and have fond memories. They are supposed to start school this week. It looks like there was a lot of damage, especially to the middle school. The middle school gym was heavily damaged and they lost quite a bit of gear,” Reid said. “We just wanted to do something to help them out. I’m really pleased we raised $1,602. We will send them a check first thing this week. I’m sure they had insurance, but you know how that goes and how long it might take. This way they can go ahead and get some things they need for their program to get going.”
Reid was grateful to everyone involved. “I just appreciate everyone who took the time to come out and help us. All the money collected is going to Port Aransas,” Reid noted. “I appreciate the schools who came over to help us out. We played in the play day and we had teams from Kilgore, Tatum, Canton, Edgewood and Van come over. And a special thanks to all the officials who donated their time all day long.”