Competition was fierce among the players at the March Madness Intramural Tournament held at Cairo High School on Saturday. The tournament gave children in third, fourth, and fifth grade the opportunity ro show off the skills the had learned over the course of an eight-week fundamentals of basketball camp.
The camp was put on through a joint effort between Danny Brown and several other volunteers, including members of the Cairo Varsity basketball squad.
“I really felt there was a need to do something for the younger kids,” Brown said. “They don’t have anything to prepare them for when it’s their time to play in junior high.”
The cost of the camp was minimal for all involved, with the gym being open on weekends and snack being provided by parents and coaches.
Brown stressed the importance of sportsmanship over the course of the camp and during the tournament.
“I want all you to cheer for everyone,” Brown said in a huddle before the first game of the tournament.
The children cheered for eachother while not playing and enjoyed refreshments from the concession stand. Members of the community were in heavy attendance, filling the East bleachers of the gym for much of the afternoon.
Team Thunder, made up of Trevel Davis, Omarion Barber, and Isaiah Brown were crowned champions of the event.
“We definitely want to make this an annual event,” Brown Said