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Basketball game to benefit brain injury nonprofit
by Christine Fonville
March 11, 2014 03:05 PM | 4910 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This Saturday, Decatur residents can enjoy a highly competitive basketball game while helping to support people with brain injuries on their rehabilitative journeys.

Now in its third year, the annual Jawbones vs. Sawbones basketball game has lawyers, who represent the jawbones, and doctors, who represent the sawbones, battle each other on the court for bragging rights and to benefit the Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse in Stone Mountain. It is Georgia’s only nonprofit organization committed to providing lifelong support to people with severe brain injuries.

The doors at Decatur High School will open at 6 p.m. and the game will begin at 7 p.m.

Resource Development Director Marian Dickson said the event is one the entire family can enjoy.

“Each year it’s been a really fun competition between two, different professional communities,” she said. “We encourage people to bring family and friends for an inexpensive outing that helps others.”

Tickets are $10 per person and other events going on before and after the game include a silent auction, live music, concessions, visual entertainment and a special guest appearance by former National Basketball Association player Gerald Wilkins.

Dickson said proceeds from ticket and merchandise sales will go towards helping those with brain injuries who live in DeKalb.

“This benefit game was started to raise money for our scholarship fund,” she said. “The average rate of our care at Side by Side is about $135 a day, so the proceeds will go towards covering the expenses that a patient’s insurance may not fully cover.”

The nonprofit facility offers daily rehabilitation and day programs for adults with brain injuries, in which participants can learn basic maintenance and business skills.

With help from the Lilburn and Stone Mountain Woman’s clubs, who Dickson said were “incredibly civically oriented,” the event has found enough volunteer support and has grown in participation and attendees each year.

“Last year, over 400 people attended,” Dickson said. “We netted about $50,000, so for every $1 we spent, $8 was raised and since the nonprofit sector can be expensive to keep up, we’re proud of that ratio and hope to have even more participants this year.”

Since it began in 1999, the nonprofit has helped about 400 local residents living with brain injuries and their families.

If you go:
What: Jawbones vs. Sawbones basketball game
When: Saturday, doors open at 6 p.m.
Where: Decatur High School, 310 N. McDonough St.
Cost: $10 per person

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