Basketball teams play for good cause in HUB Classic

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JACKSON, Tenn. — A Jackson high school basketball tournament gives area teams a chance to give back to a good cause in the Hub City. Sixteen West Tennessee basketball teams entered their team in the second annual HUB Classic at the Oman Arena. The tournament’s proceeds go to fund Area Relief Ministry’s “HUB Club” in Jackson. Stephen Moten organized the tournament for ARM and said seeing the teams come together is a special thing. “It’s kind of been a great thing, and I’ve been humbled just by their willingness to partner with us to help us meet the needs of our students here in Jackson,” Moten told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News. ARM officials say it costs about $100,000 to fund the HUB Club every year, and they hope to make about a third of that with just the tournament. Area coaches say they’re glad their teams can give to the community. “It’s important for our team to show leadership out in the community and to be visible and be able to give back to community,” JCM boys basketball head coach Jerry Robertson said. “It’s more about something else,” Trinity Christian girls head coach Matthew Coble said. “That’s what we’re constantly trying to teach the kids is that something else or something bigger that we’re trying to discover.” Teams will continue playing in the HUB Classic through Tuesday at the Oman Arena.

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