Charity hoops tournament is Friday

SUWANEE -- On Friday, Peachtree Ridge High School will host the inaugural Final Four Friday Wounded Warrior Amputee Team vs. Atlanta All Stars Celebrity Challenge, an event that aims to demonstrate support for wounded American soldiers.

The basketball game will feature former NBA, NFL and Atlanta area players.

"Peachtree Ridge is excited for the opportunity to host what could be a special event for the entire Gwinnett community," said Tom Myers, community school director for Peachtree Ridge High School. "We have many military families in our school, and this is a way to honor them and the men and women who have served in combat."

The Wounded Warriors have played many softball exhibitions and gone up against former NFL stars in flag football at each of the last two Super Bowls, but this will be the group's first basketball game.

The event, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m., will include some scrimmaging but will also allow for attendees to match their skills against the warriors and former pros in different skill competitions.

The charity basketball game will feature basketball Hall-of-Famers Dave Cowens and Artis Gilmore as well as former University of Georgia basketball coach Hugh Durham, who will serve as the Wounded Warriors honorary coach.

Durham will be joined by multiple members of his 1983 team, the only Bulldogs squad to ever make the Final Four. Former NBA star Dale Ellis will also participate. Local product Cameron Heyward, a Peachtree Ridge grad now playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers, will also help host the event at the gym where he once starred.

In addition, there will be raffle prizes and plenty of time for autographs, and organizers encourage attendees to bring items to be signed.

The cost to get in is $20 for adults, $10 for students (grades 7-12), children (K-6) will be admitted for free. All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team and Peachtree Ridge High School's designated charities.

Peachtree Ridge High School is located at 1555 Old Peachtree Road NW, Suwanee.