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BSC Alumni and Friends Work with BSC Foundation and Basketball Coaches to Raise Funds for Hoops Shooting Gun

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    Wednesday, March 14 2012
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

(Bluefield)—Relying on a teamwork approach, Bluefield State College alumni and friends worked with the BSC Foundation and the College's basketball coaches to raise funds for the purchase of an innovative basketball shooting machine. The new 6000 series "Gun by Shoot-A-Way" will help the Lady Blues and Big Blues to maximize their shooting practices. The Gun returns basketballs to shooters, teaches proper trajectory, and enables players to increase the number of shots they can take per minute.

"This was a great fundraising project that engaged the coaches, the BSC Foundation, alumni, and friends," observed Karen Harvey, BSC Foundation Executive Director. "Working together, we have acquired equipment that will help our student-athletes improve their skills to match the enthusiasm they have demonstrated on the court. It was a wonderful team effort."

"We are very pleased with the energized effort and enthusiasm the BSC alumni and supporters displayed in assisting us in making this dream come to fruition for our respective programs," stated J.J. Oliver, BSC women's basketball coach. "The Gun is a great improvement tool that will certainly do much to enhance our student-athletes' shooting skills."

"The amount of shots that our players will get up during workouts throughout the year will increase dramatically, and our field goal percentages and free throw percentages in the coming seasons will show the results," said Jamaal Jackson, BSC men's basketball coach. "Our alumni and supporters have shown that they are willing to do what it takes to help us take our program to another level."

Both BSC coaches expressed appreciation to the vital role played by Karen Harvey, BSC alumni, including Ergie Smith and Lillian Holley, and to everyone who supported this initiative.