Friday night special for Belding hoop teams

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:45 am on Thursday, February 06, 2014

BELDING — Belding’s basketball teams have a special night planned for Friday when they face Wyoming High in a girl-boy doubleheader.

The Redskins have designated Friday night as Armed Forces Night. It will be a night to salute the veterans in the area, according to boys varsity coach Jeff Wierzbicki.

“Nothing huge, just a little recognition for what’s happening in the community and thanking them,” Wierzbicki said.

Wierzbicki said he got the idea from the Belding America Legion.

“The American Legion in Belding does a fantastic job of supporting athletics at Belding,” he said. “From fundraising to taco dinners and steak dinners. (They) offered up the idea and I thought it was a fantastic idea. We decided on a date then we wanted to include the girls program as well.”

There are already T-shirts available for the night, Wierzbicki noted.

“We thought it would be a good idea to get the word out and get T-shirts made,” he said. “We aren’t charging for the T-shirts. The American Legion pitched in to buy the T-shirts. This is not for profit for anything.”

In fact, “This is a way to recognize the veterans. And it’s a way that the girls and boys can give back without having to try to raise money,” he said.

There are some different things that will be happening during the night, Wierzbicki said.

“The Belding American Legion contacted the Greenville Armory. They’re going to bring over the Hummer and parking it up front,” he said. “They are going to set up a booth and they are giving out handouts. Then in between games every active service member will be recognized.”

Veterans who go to the doubleheader will be able to get in for free, Wierzbicki noted.

Belding’s boys will go into the game 3-10 after losing to Carson City-Crystal 45-44 Wednesday night. The girls are 10-3 after a 50-31 win over Montabella Tuesday night.

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