Memorial game held at WEHS
by By John Conley firstname.lastname@example.org
When the Kaimyn Anderson Memorial Basketball Game was over, the scoreboard said 165-139.
But there were no losers on Sunday afternoon. The game, played at Wyoming East, brought the community together to celebrate the life of Anderson, the 12-year-old Mullens Middle School student who died on Sept. 6.
All proceeds from the game and from a silent auction will go to Anderson’s family.
Current and former basketball stars turned out to play in the game.
Among them were Bimbo Coles, a Greenbrier East graduate who went on to play 14 years in the NBA, former WVU and Mullens star Herbie Brooks and former WVU standout Darryl Prue. Coaching on the sidelines were Mullens coaching legend Don Nuckols and Rob Fulford, Mullens native and coach of the nationally prominent Huntington Prep program.
“Kaimyn would be so excited,” said his mother, Chrystal, while speaking to the crowd briefly at halftime.
“There was nothing he wanted more than to be a Wyoming East Warrior,” she remarked.
The teams, nicknamed the Celtics and the Heat, played four 12-minute quarters.
But it was no typical game. There was a five-point shot (not far from the half-court lne). If a player made the shot from either side, the fans sitting on that side were required to dance.
Anyone caught not dancing could be pulled on to the floor by the cheeleaders and do a solo dance for the crowd.
“I thought it went really well,” commented Nathan England, who organized the event.
Rounding up the hoop stars was often a matter of “knowing somebody who knew somebody.”
The people he contacted either agreed to participate or sent a donation or something for the silent auction if they were unable to attend, England reported.
Nuckols, who coached Mullens to five state championships in the 1970s and 1980s, said he immediately agreed to take part when contacted by England.
“I knew it was a worthwhile thing,” he stated. “I was happy to do it.”
The turnout by not only local basketball standouts but others as well shows “their support for Kaimyn and respect they have for Mullens and Wyoming County,” Fulford commented.
Photo: Fans at the Kaimyn Anderson Memorial Basketball Game had to dance if a player made a five-point shot.
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