Tarleton ready to ‘Knock Out Cancer’

Courtesy Tarleton Athletic Communications

Special to The Flash

STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton Athletics is set to host its inaugural Knock-Out Cancer Tournament with all proceeds going to The Jimmy V Foundation and pre-registration begins Monday, October 3 at the Tarleton Rec Sports Center.

The event is open to any student, faculty, or community member wishing to participate.

With assistance from Tarleton Rec Sports and multiple corporate sponsors, Tarleton Athletics will host a knockout basketball tournament on Wednesday, October 12 in the Tarleton Rec Center. Registration and shoot-around will begin at 5 p.m. with the qualifying rounds set for a 6 p.m. start time.

The rules for the event are as follows:

• Traditional rules of Knockout: The Basketball Shooting Game. A two-ball shooting game where the first player attempts to make a basket before the player behind them. If player one makes it, they get the ball to the next player in line, who then attempts to knock out the player in front of them. This continues until one person remains. No touching the other players or the other players’ basketballs during competition. Each player is responsible for their own rebounds.

• Qualifying rounds will be from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Rec Center. The top two finishers in every qualifying game will advance to the semifinal round. The entry fee for the qualifying round is $5. Anyone who fails to qualify for the semifinals can continue playing during the qualifying time frame for another $5 donation.

• Players can purchase $20 unlimited wristbands for unlimited attempts to qualify for the semifinals.

• The semifinals will be held immediately after the qualifying rounds. The winners of the semifinal rounds will advance to the finals, which will be held during Midnight Madness at Wisdom Gym on Friday, October 14.

Pre-registration is set to begin Monday and run through the 5 p.m. registration time on the day of the event. Pre-registration is for the $20 unlimited bracelets only. Individual games will be paid for at the registration time on Oct. 12.

The winner of the contest will receive a 50-inch television, courtesy of Gifford’s Electronics in Stephenville. The runner-up will also receive a Playstation 4 with NBA 2K17. The first 100 players to qualify for the semifinals will receive a tournament T-shirt.

In August, Tarleton Athletic Director and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Lonn Reisman announced his current battle against prostate cancer. He has since undergone a successful surgery and expects to be ready for the upcoming season.


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