Former UA standouts to hoop it up for charity

Several former Razorback and Lady Razorback basketball standouts will play the Northwest Arkansas All-Stars - a group of Wal-Mart executives and suppliers - Saturday night at 6 p.m. in Bentonville to raise money for The Crisis Center.

Several former Razorbacks and Lady Razorbacks basketball players who have brought some special moments to the University of Arkansas will be hooping it up for charity Saturday night at 6 p.m.. at Bentonville High School.

Charles Balentine - best known for hitting a baseline shot in 1984 that took down Michael Jordan and then No. 1 North Carolina - will join Ron Huery and 1994 National Championship team members Corey Beck, Elmer Martin and Dwight Stewart and many others on the court this weekend for the third annual Northwest Arkansas Crisis Center Charity Basketball Classic.

The game will match the former UA standouts against the Northwest Arkansas All-Stars - a group of Wal-Mart executives and suppliers - according to Steve Galen, the event coordinator and the Timex Team Leader.

"We'll have 15 former Razorbacks or Lady Razorbacks playing on Saturday night," Galen said. "I think we had 12 here last year and the All-Stars are out to prove that the 134-132 score last year was not a fluke. It is a lot of fun for everyone and raises money for a great cause."

Other Razorbacks and Lady Razorbacks confirmed for the event are Larry  Satchell. John Engskov, Isiah "Butch" Morris, Arlyn Bowers, Rochelle Vaughn, Trudy Spencer, Melissa Hobbs and Allison Singleton.

The UA crew, which will be coached by some area high school coaches, will take on a squad that will be guided by current Lady Razorback head coach Susie Gardner and include local TV personality Bo Mattingly.

The Northwest Arkansas All-Stars will also boast Wal-Mart's Andy Barron, Steve Broughton, Mona Williams, Felton Chinn, Julie DeJarnatt, Melissa Larkins, John Welling and David Scogin.

Others who will participate include Sam's Doug McMillon and Charles Redfield, Levi's Ted Fox, Kimberly-Clark's Tony Dunning, Edy's Jay Ellis, , Del Monte's Mark Myrvik, Newell-Rubbermaid's Drew Collom, Henkel's Vijak Shanker, Timex' Cliff Hall, Nestle's Jack See and 3M's Thomas Asci.

It should be noted that each basket scored by the former UA players counts two points, but each one by the NWA All-Stars counts for 8 points.

Also on hand will be local cheerleaders and Big Red, one of Arkansas' mascots, with plenty of halftime entertainment planned and organized events for the kids.

Admission is $5 for adults while kids 12-and-under will be admitted free for an event that has already raised $40,000 before tip-off.

"Wal-Mart has donated 10,000 as well as each of the 10 suppliers donating 3,000 each so we already have $40,000 up front," Galen said. "We hope we will have a packed gym on Saturday night."

The first year of the event the Northwest Arkansas All-Stars played the Harlem Ambassadors before latching onto playing the former Razorbacks and Lady Razorbacks in the fundraiser for The Crisis Center, which specializes in prevention and intervention of suicide and offers Critical Incident Stress Management.

"Clyde Fletcher played last year and really took the ball and ran with it as far as getting the former players to come and be part of the event," Galen said. "It should be a great time and we hope everyone will come out and support a great cause."


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