Coyote basketball girls buy special holiday gifts

REED CITY — In the spirit of giving, the Reed City girls basketball teams again decided that ‘tis the season to be jolly.

On Friday, Reed City varsity and JV baketball players had a shopping trip to purchase special Christmas gifts.

“We do a free throw shoot-a-thon,” said Reed City coach Brian Koopman. “The kids take a pledge sheet, go around and get pledges for free throws they make or a flat-out pledge. We take the money and go to our local school counselors and they set up with families of some kids that need clothes or whatever, games, and things like that. We go to Walmart and different places and go shopping and the kids enjoy it. Afterwards, we’d go to Applebee’s and eat. We’d make a day of it.”

Koopman shared a story of an area boy that sat on Santa’s lap and said he wanted something for his whole family.

“He told Santa he didn’t have any money and he wanted something so his whole family could get together,” Koopman said. “We went out and bought him some clothes and games he could play with his family. We have a couple of middle school kids and some high school kids that needed some clothes.”

This marks the third year the basketball team has done this project.

“When (Monty Price) was AD, he thought every team should do a community service thing,” Koopman said. “We thought we’d do something to help us and the community and would do a shoot-a-thon. It works out well for us.”

Meanwhile, the Coyotes will be having practices during the holidays and return to action Jan.6 at Lakeview.

“We’re working on our defense and on shooting,” Koopman said. “We’re still trying to come together as a team. We’re 2-4 but we haven’t gotten blown out of any game. We have to take care of the ball, get rid of some turnover and hit some shots.”