Basketball Game Raises Funds For Terminally-Ill Pryor Coach - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

News

Basketball Game Raises Funds For Terminally-Ill Pryor Coach

Posted: Updated:
In his honor and benefit, they are calling the game "Team Todd, Tigers Fighting ALS!" In his honor and benefit, they are calling the game "Team Todd, Tigers Fighting ALS!"
TAHLEQUAH, Oklahoma -

Two Green Country high school basketball teams are coming together to raise money for a coach who is suffering a terminal illness.

Todd Hicks, a graduate of Tahlequah High, was the Pryor girls head basketball coach when he was diagnosed a few years ago with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a terminal illness also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

Saturday night's basketball game between Pryor and Tahlequah will honor Hicks. It tips off at 7:30 p.m.

The game wasn't about who won or lost, but it was about helping Hicks.

During the team warmups, both the Tahlequah Tigers and the Pryor Tigers wore matching shirts made to benefit Hicks.

"With [Tahlequah] pitching in, it really sets a tone," Pryor junior Rachel Zumstein said.

Hicks' wife can't believe the support from the two communities.

"No matter what we need, there's always been somebody we can call or somebody that calls us and says, 'what do you need and how can we help?' And they make it happen," April Hicks said.

Todd Hicks' former players are grateful the teams have come together for a good cause.

"To show outside the court it really means something," Zumstein said.

Proceeds from all donations will help with Hicks' travel and medical treatment. More than $3,500 was raised at the game.

"This will make sure that we have what he needs to be able to, you know, be Todd for as long as he can," April Hicks said.

There also will be a bean dinner and silent auction on Monday at the Tahlequah community center from 4:30-8 p.m.

 

 

 

Special Features

Community Calendar

Find out what's going on around town and submit events!

Share

See it! Shoot it! Send it! Share your weather pics and videos with NewsOn6.com!

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

Mobile Alerts

Get breaking news, headlines, weather alerts & more on your cell phone.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Cold Case

    Join Lori and local homicide detectives as they search for Cold Case clues.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

  • Turnpike Timelines

    View a historical road map of Oklahoma's turnpike system.

Powered by WorldNow
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
TULSA'S OWN TM
GREEN COUNTRY'S OWN TM
Oklahoma's Own Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Tulsa's Own and Green Country's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KOTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.