Organizers gearing up for annual Black History Basketball Classic

Players celebrate from a previous Black History Basketball classic. Organizers are planning this year's event and need players to sign up.

Organizers for the annual Calhoun-Gordon County Black History Basketball Classic are inviting the public to sign up to participate in either the men's or women's game.

According to Walter Harris, this year's organizer and chairman of the Martin Luther King Commission, women are invited to participate in their own game this year.

The game is held in recognition of Black History Month, and to honor the alumni of Stephens High School, which will be done with a special ceremony at halftime of the game. Stephens High School was located on West Line Street in Calhoun and served local African-American students prior to segregation in the 1960's.

Any former players who, as Harris said, "still have it," can call to reserve a spot on a team to play in the game.

The game will be held on a Saturday evening in March. Organizers need players to sign up so they can determine the best day to hold the event.

Harris also requests that any former cheerleaders, from any school in Gordon County (Calhoun, Gordon Central, Sonoraville, Fairmount and Red Bud included), to dust off their pom-poms and cheer at the game. "We want to see a lot of support from the community for this special event," said Harris. "It will be a great family time, full of food, fun and fellowship."

For more information, call Harris at 706-263-4584.