Basketball teams compete this afternoon to honor a legendary dream. Several divisions competed in the 31st Annual Doctor Martin Luther King Jr Basketball Tournament at Souhtern University and four teams battled it out in wheelchairs.
“I’ve been chasing this big check for a couple years now, so now I got that big check again. So it’s going back to Arkansas where it belongs,” said Billy Fryar, Rolling Razorbacks.
The Arkansas Rolling Razorbacks were awarded a 300 dollar check after winning the tournament. “We’ve been coming to this tournament I think about ten years now and we’ve won this thing probably about seven out of ten times,” said Fryar.
Fryar began playing wheelchair basketball 19 years ago after he became paralyzed from a bad car accident.”These kids can see there’s an outlet through basketball even though you get hurt or disabled you can still play basketball,” said Fryar.
Like Fryar, others say for many playing basketball is more than just a game. “To anyone out there whose in my same situation. If you feel like there’s no hope just keep pushing. It’s always something positive to do,” said Jwan Pickens, Tyler Thornes.
The tournament is put on each year by SPAR to promote Dr. Matin Luther King Jr’s dream.”Just think about bringing the community together. It’s all about unity,” Shalon Lewis, SPAR.
More than 80 teams participated in the tournament including Pro-AM, youth, and open men.