TNA Heat Basketball Club hosting alumni game to raise money

Published 10:18 pm Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The TNA Heat basketball organization is hosting a city-wide alumni basketball game on Sunday, Nov. 26 at 3 p.m. at Wallace Community College Selma.

Former players from Dallas County, Southside and Selma High School will face each other in old school vs. new school games starting at 3 p.m.

The TNA Heat Basketball Club is a volunteer based travel basketball organization designed to enhance the “physical, mental and moral development of amateur athletes and to promote good sportsmanship and good citizenship.”

Coach Letti Hasberry has been with the program for six years, and uses charity games such as the one she’s organized for Saturday to help raise money for her two girl’s teams and the organization as a whole.

The organization, which also has teams in Tuscaloosa, supports more than 130 basketball players spread out among its 13 teams.

“We have done fundraisers in the past that do go to the organization as a whole, but the ones that I do personally go to just my girl’s teams based here in Selma,” she said.

Admission to the event is $5, and the money goes towards equipment, travel and registration fees for the tournaments the teams participate in throughout the year.

“It goes towards all those things, so we can go to tournaments while we’re on the road,” Hasberry said.

In July, Hasberry’s high school girls team traveled to Houston, Texas and finished in second place at the Kings and Queens of the South Classic. The middle school girl’s team went to Navarre, Florida later that month and finished in second place at the Navarre Coast Classic.

As an added bonus, Hasberry is going to donate a portion of the proceeds back towards the athletic departments of the schools that participate in the charity games.

The size of the gift back to the schools is dependent on how much money is raised from the fundraiser.

“This is more than likely going to be the last [fundraiser] for this year,” Hasberry said. “But we’re also going to raffle an Auburn and Alabama basket, so if anybody wants to try to win a basket they can do so.”

There is still a chance to get involved and participate in the charity games, according to Hasberry. She is open to adding participants up until this Friday, Nov. 24.

“Any alumni from any school that would like to participate should contact me by Friday, so that I can sign them up,” she said. “We are not going to add any teams on the day of the event.”

For more information about the charity game or participating in the event, call (334) 322-5395.