Veritas Christian School students soon will be hitting the hoops thanks to a missionary from the Philippines.
The missionary recently donated basketball uniforms to the school, enabling Veritas to start girl's and boy's junior high basketball teams.
Doug Bennett, who will coach the boys team with Doug McIntyre, said Wednesday the missionary's donations -- along with those of other friends of the school -- were worth about $10,000. The school now has new basketballs, home and away uniforms, practice jerseys, goal stands and other equipment necessary to launch a round ball team.
Without the equipment, "we would have had to make do with a lot less quality stuff. It just made it definitely top-notch equipment," Bennett said.
The missionary, who brought the uniforms back from the Philippines, has requested anonymity, school administrator Peter Gitau said.
Gary Hammer, a former girl's varsity basketball coach at Lawrence High School, will coach the girl's team. McIntyre teaches physical education and Latin at the school, and Bennett is a board member who is volunteering as a coach.
Veritas will have a 10-game season this academic year and will play other Christian and private schools, Bennett said. Arrangements are being made about where the teams will play games; the school has a gym acceptable for practice, Bennett said. Tryouts will be Nov. 14.
Home-schooled students are invited to try out for the team. More information is available by calling the school at (785) 749-0083.
Veritas formerly was Douglas County Christian School.
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