5th annual Legislative Hoops for Kids Sake set for Feb. 21

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The Arkansas House and Senate will battle on the court in their 5th annual charity basketball game at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the Jack Stephens Center at UALR.

The annual legislative basketball game features members of the Arkansas House of Representatives and Arkansas Senate along with celebrity players, coaches and special guests. Celebrity participants will be announced at a later date.

All proceeds benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas (BBBSCA), Boys & Girls Club of Bryant and Boys & Girls Club of Saline County. The game has raised more than $110,000 since its inception in 2013.

Last year, the Senate beat the House for the first time in three previous tries.

“The opportunity to support these kids is something that always gets the Senate players excited to play hard,” said Senate President Jonathan Dismang, R-Searcy. “And as defending champs for the first time ever, we have an additional incentive as we fight to keep the trophy on the south side of the Capitol for another year.”

“As the previous three-time champions of Hoops for Kids Sake, we are looking forward to bringing back the trophy to the House,” said Arkansas House Speaker Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia. “But as much as we enjoy beating the Senate, we know the biggest victory is raising money for these organizations that do so much for our youth.”

General admission tickets are $10 and available at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. Sponsorships are $1,000.