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Men's basketball to hold intrasquad scrimmage for Boys, Girls Clubs

Nov. 5, 1999

By FRANK BURNS

Reporter

Saturday, the Baylor men's basketball team will hold an intrasquad scrimmage at the Ferrell Special Events Center benefiting the McLennan County Boys and Girls Club. The scrimmage, called Hoops Can Help, is free and includes a free T-shirt, hot dog and Dr Pepper to the first 500 fans. The event begins at 5 p.m.

This will be the first opportunity for fans to see the team in action because all previous practices have been closed under new head Coach Dave Bliss.

'Dave has always done a great job of getting the team and community together,' assistant coach Doug Ash said. 'This will give the community and the guys a chance to get to know each other.'

Ash said that the scrimmage will begin with a few defensive and shooting drills. Then, after play begins, the coaches will rotate different combinations of players into the game every 10 or 15 minutes.

Baylor alumnus BJ Mitchell played basketball while he attended Baylor and actually played against head Coach Bliss when he was at Southern Methodist University. He currently serves as the executive director of the Waco chapter of the Boys and Girls Club.

'It's showing me that Baylor is trying to work with the Waco area,' he said. 'It gives our kids a chance to see some role models. Not everybody is going to make it to the NBA. This gives them a chance to see a role model that they can reach out and touch.'

Steve Smith, vice president of special events and Big 12 promotions with the Waco Chamber of Commerce also expressed his gratitude for the scrimmage.

'It's a neat way for Dave and his squad to give back to the community; they did not have to do this,' Smith said.

The scrimmage will act as a replacement for Midnight Madness, which is usually the first chance for people to see the basketball team.

'Every year, fewer people have had midnight practices,' Ash said. 'You can't have a real practice at midnight. The longer you stay, the more tired your players get.'

Hoops Can Help is sponsored by B&B Specialties, Baylor University athletics and the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce. Donations for the McLennan County Boys and Girls Club will be accepted at the door.