Hoop It Up for Claremore Kids!


The Rogers State University Athletics staff will face a group of community all-stars in the annual William W. Barnes Children’s Advocacy Center charity basketball game Sunday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Claremore Expo Center.

Tickets to the event will be sold at the door with all proceeds directly supporting the Center’s many programs. General admission tickets are $5, students can purchase tickets for $2, and RSU students can attend the game free of charge with a school ID. Children five years old and younger also receive free admission.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to continue this great tradition with the community to support such a great cause,” RSU Athletics Director Ryan Erwin said. “Our entire staff enjoys the chance to get on the court. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Expo Center to show their support of this event and have a great time.”

The “Community All-Stars” will be coached by Claremore Chief Investigator, District Attorney’s Office, 12th District, Wayne Stinnett. The Hillcat athletic staff roster includes RSU head coaches, assistant coaches, and administrators, and are led by Director of Business Operations, Dawn Tatro as head coach.

There will be a silent auction available for bidding and several items will be raffled throughout the game.

The William W. Barnes Children’s Advocacy Center of Claremore is a non-profit, United Way Agency, whose mission is to reduce the trauma of child abuse. The Center provides forensic interviews, medical evaluations and mental health treatment in a safe, child-friendly environment.  The Center has been in existence since 2001 and serves over 350 children annually from Rogers, Mayes, and Craig Counties.

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