Law enforcement competes for hoop dreams
WINDOM, Texas (KTEN) — Red River Hoops hosted its fourth annual Heroes Classic Basketball Tournament to recognize first responders from Dallas, Anna, Sherman and Denison.
"We thought this would be a great opportunity to give back to our heroes around the community — first responders — and give them a chance to play basketball," said Michael Granstaff, operations director for Red River Hoops. "We got some close ties with law enforcement, and this is just a way to give back to our heroes."
Each team sought the chance to bring home the trophy for the top first responder basketball team.
"We're pretty competitive. We got a few that played in college," said Austin Ross with the Sherman Police Department. "We're all pretty competitive, and it kills me that I'm not out there with them, but hopefully we win. That's the goal."
"Anytime I get the chance to play basketball, I'll play," said Perry Strickland from the Dallas Police Academy. "I don't care where it's at. The guy at the recs program here hit us up, needed some players and some teams to come out. So I try to support whenever I can. I'm a big advocate for community."
Denison police employee Chris Eichler explained why he decided to take part in the tournament.
"It's nice for us to get back with the community," he said. "Doing stuff like this, it kind of helps get the community out. They support us. We support them."
Red River Hoops is dreaming big to make this a charitable event nationwide.
"I've reached out to different states, trying to get different states to come in, and I'd like to be able to call this the national championship of first responders," said Granstaff.