Hoops, Dreams promises fun, rewarding experience

It's exciting. It will leave you dancing in the aisle. And it's free.No, it's not a dance contest, but there is plenty of sneaker-scootin' and moving to the music.The event is West Texas Center's eighth annual Hoops Dreams and Goals, and it is set for all day Friday at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum.Ten teams from across West Texas will participate in the high-energy, bracket-driven basketball tournament, punctuated by sometimes intense, sometimes inspirational, music. “Eye of the Tiger” anyone? “It’s an event our staff and consumers look forward to every year,” said Rodney Jones, West Texas Centers chief developmental health officer.The Big Spring High School Drum Line will get things going and Big Spring Mayor Tommy Duncan and District Judge Tim Yeats will greet spectators,staff and consumers. The basketball competition will get underway at 9 a.m..Teams participating in bracket play will be the Big Spring Heat, Sweetwater Red Rattlers, Ballinger Longhorns, Snyder Wildkatz, Seminole Pink Panthers, Monahans/Pecos Warriors, Midland Panthers, Odessa Tigers, Abilene Chili Peppers and the San Angelo Bobcats. Enthusiasm is rampant during the games and high fives are as plentiful as dimples on a basketball.Each team’s yell squads will perform throughout the day and compete for top cheer squad. The cheer squads and the basketball teams will also vie for the coveted Spirit Stick, awarded to the team that shows the most enthusiasm.“It is the most fun I have all year long,” West Texas Centers CEO Shelley Smith said. “I smile the entire day. Everyone in attendance has a great time, from the athletes to the cheer squads to my employees. It is a great experience.”More than 1,100 people are expected to attend Friday's tournament, sponsored by West Texas Centers, Howard College, The Arc of Howard County, Alon USA, Prescription Services Inc., KBST, Gallagher Benefit Services Inc, and KBYG. The tournament is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.West Texas Centers serves 23 counties in rural West Texas: Andrews, Borden, Crane, Dawson, Fisher, Gaines, Garza, Glasscock, Howard, Kent, Loving, Martin, Mitchell, Nolan, Reeves, Runnels, Scurry, Terrell, Terry, Upton, Ward, Winkler and Yoakum.For more information, call Amy Vidal at 432-264-3256.