Maus Middle School teachers and students squared off on the basketball court on March 22, raising hundreds of dollars for a local non-profit organization.
The 3rd Annual Hoops for Hope basketball game raised about $1,200 for With Love It's a Small World, a charity that supports Frisco ISD students each year with scholarships, back-to-school clothes and holiday gifts for needy families.
For the first time in the game’s three-year run, Maus students defeated Maus teachers, with eighth grader Maxwell Nwafor sinking a last-second layup to win the game for the students. (Students benefit from a scoring handicap, receiving 5 points for 3-pointers and 3 points for 2-pointers.)
Organizers sold game tickets for $3, raffle tickets for $2 and wristbands for $3. Raffle prizes were donated by local businesses, including tickets to a Texas Legends game, restaurant gift cards, free guitar lessons and more. Face painting was also available for $1.
In addition, employees of the Marble Slab at 2831 W Eldorado sold ice cream at the game, contributing about $100 to the Small World charity.
On March 28, Maus Coach Matt Smith and Marble Slab Manager Emily Pearson presented a check to Small World board members James White, Randi Davis and Thamara Millan. Millan founded Small World in 1996 and also works as an ESL-ILA facilitator at Roach, Maus and Griffin middle schools. Follow Small World on Facebook.
Teachers participating in Hoops for Hope included: 5’4” Madison "Point Droppin” Presenza, 4’09” Christie "Biggie Smalls" Biggs, 5’5” Tandy "Shouting Stallion" Stallings, 5’7” Katie "Big Shot" Beavers, 5’5” Margie "Hustlin’” Huber, 5’7” Piper "Shoop-a-Loop" Schoppe, 6’3” Lindsey "B B B B Ballin" Bussey and 5’4” Jonda "Rowdy" Robinson.
Students participating in Hoops for Hope included: seventh graders Kyle Burks, Amare Jones, Mason Dukes, Davyon Goff, Jaden Harden, Ciara Francois, Cayla Rodriguez, Elizabeth Green, Aubrey Mahalingham and Hannah Chamblee; and eighth graders James Manders, Justin Manders, Louis Jones, Maxwell Nwafor, Brandon Cooper, Taylor Robinson, Melissa Castillo, Kayla Terry, Angie Estrada and Natalie Nickel.