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Adult basketball team’s tournament nears

The Alabama All Stars, a local adult basketball team, will host and play in their first tournament in Chilton County at Jemison High School on May 22.

The tournament is called “Laying It Up for the Less Fortunate” and will collect clothes and money for the homeless and others. Each team will require its players to donate a used dress shirt and pair of pants or shorts, both in good condition.

The entry fee is $100.

Team captain and coach Shunn Bailey said the team now has a chaplain, pastor Mark Tillis of Greater Heights Bible Church in Plantersville. Bailey said he is working with Tillis so he can be a better leader for the team.

“Pastor Mark Tillis and his church have shown tremendous support for our team because we are trying to do our best to do more than just play basketball,” Bailey said.

The All Stars have picked up two additional players, coach Trae Fortier of WCCS and Gabriel Ball of Moss Point, Miss.

Bailey is a 2001 graduate of Maplesville High School. He sees the basketball team as an outlet for young men to share their talent as well as fellowship on the basketball court. He said he would like to give back to his own high school as well as others in Chilton County by hosting tournaments in their gyms. He said the tournaments could serve to raise money for the schools’ basketball programs.

The All Stars will keep just a small percentage of any earnings to pay for referees and scorekeepers. Bailey said the team will clean whatever gyms they use once finished with the tournaments.

For more information or to register, contact Shunn Bailey at shunnbailey7@gmail.com or 334.419.5662. Visit the Alabama All Stars website at https://sites.google.com/site/alabamaallstars. The team also has a Facebook page.