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Babb coach organizes charity basketball game
by Maurice Dixon
mdixon@neighbornewspapers.com
April 29, 2013 05:40 PM | 2233 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye<br>Babb Middle School teacher and coach Travis Vinson and his wife, Tiffany Vinson.
Staff / Katherine Frye
Babb Middle School teacher and coach Travis Vinson and his wife, Tiffany Vinson.
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Babb Middle School coach Travis Vinson is using the game he loves to help one of the people he loves the most.

With the help of friends, coworkers and talented basketball players, Vinson has organized an All-Star type basketball game this Saturday at Jonesboro High School to help benefit his wife, Tiffany Vinson, who has been dealing with Multiple Sclerosis since 2006.

“I thought what a great opportunity to bring together two things I love — my wife and basketball — and put on an event that would benefit her quality of life,” Vinson said.

“It’s amazing to have your husband support you and to know that this situation, the MS, is just a diagnosis,” Vinson said. “It doesn’t determine my life and the way I live my life.”

However, Ms. Vinson’s energy level and walking ability are affected by the disease but with the help of the money raised from this event she can move closer to having a stem cell transplant.

“We didn’t have the funds but this was an opportunity to bring some funds to the situation so we can combat this,” Travis Vinson said.

The game will begin at 3 p.m. and be operated like any other high school contest (tickets are $7 at the door) in the area during the basketball season.

However, the gym will be filled with some of the most talented high school players in the state from South Atlanta, Eagles Landing, Mt. Zion, Jonesboro, Forest Park, Warner Robins, Dutchtown and Rutland.

Vinson said he would select the teams to insure friendly competition between former teammates like Costa Anderson against Naquavious King, Cameron Sutton against Patrick Petty, Eric Wortham against Trevin Joseph and Desmond Ringer against Chris Davenport.

“It was a little challenging getting the players together,” Vinson said.

Also scheduled to entertain those in attendance are Kertiss Baisden, Derrick Byrd, Isaiah Dennis, J.R. Holder, Duby Okeke, Jalen Kirkland and Donovahn Jones.

“Isaiah has springs in his legs,” said Mrs. Vinson of Dennis, who leaped over two people to win the 2013 American Family Insurance High School Dunk Contest.

There will also be a halftime performance by the Babb Dance Team. Well-known individuals like Greg Street from V-103 and former NBA player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf are expected to make an appearance.

“To have my husband, my backbone, be the go-getter and get everything going was just amazing,” Mrs. Vinson said. “It’s just amazing to see everyone come together for a good cause.”
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