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There is a game coming up at Marion County High School in just a mere three days that I have been waiting for all season. Of course you know by now that I am talking about the scheduled match-up between the Lady Knights and the Lady Crimsons of DuPont Manual.
Actually, I have been waiting for the opportunity to face Manual again after the heartbreaking defeat they gave the Lady Knights in the semi-finals of the state tournament last season. As I sat and watched that game, I remember saying to myself that if the Lady Knights could get past Manual, they would be on such an emotional high that no team could stop them from winning a state title. Unfortunately, we all remember what happened that day (I'll spare the details).
Now that rematch is about to happen inside the Roby Dome, our home court. We, as fans of Lady Knights' basketball, need to use that to our advantage, and pack that gym like never before and support these girls. Not to mention, that the money raised will go toward autism research.
I may be giving you the impression that this is the only game that day. That is not the case. In fact, there are six other match-ups. There will be a full day of action with four girls games and three boys games. The Marion County and Manual match-up is just the one I want to see the most.
Other games that may interest you would include the Lady Jaguars of Mercy taking on a tough North Hardin team at 3:30 p.m., and regional powerhouse Bardstown boys facing off against Spencer County just prior to the Lady Knights game. Oh, I almost forgot about our very own Knights that will have a game of their own after the girls get finished when they face the Bruins of Central Hardin.
Green, Mercer and Washington County girls are also in the field, along with Frankfort and Bullitt Central boys' teams.
No matter who is on the court, remember the main reason for this event is to raise money in the battle against autism. I know that nearly each and every one of you can think of, or are dealing personally with, an autistic person. According to the Autism Society of America, one percent of all United States children ages 3-17 have an autism spectrum disorder. The prevalence of an autism spectrum disorder is estimated to occur in one out of every 110 births, and the annual amount of money spent on an autism spectrum disorder is estimated to be $60 billion.
Events such as this one will raise money needed to fund research efforts against this disorder, and will raise awareness in our local communities about autism. One of the most touching moments to me from the day's events is when all the autistic families in attendance are recognized on the court. These kids and their families fight battles each and every day that many people can't understand.
I hope to see the Roby Dome packed with basketball fans for this exciting day of hoops action, but most importantly to raise funds to help find a cure for this disorder.