Westmoreland Care and Rehab held our first Annual March Madness Basketball Game this past Thursday March 31st, 2016. The teams were the Villanova Wildcats and the North Carolina Tar Heels. We started the game by introducing each player from each team. Chaplain David Spears sang the National Anthem and everyone else sang along with him! The game consisted of three six-minute quarters that was followed by a fourth quarter skills competition. It was a 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball game. Teams receive points by making shots and blocking shots. The game was neck and neck throughout!
The skills competition gave each individual elder a chance to score points for their team. The skills competition had three different skills, lasting one minute each for each team. We started the competition with a “Give and Go Contest” this skill involved two players passing the ball to each other and one player shooting a shot to try and score for their team. The three-point competition had one elder from each team attempting to make as many three-point shots as possible in a minute. The last skill competition was a dribbling contest. Players received one point for each successful dribble they made in one minute. Michael Stone stated, “I love the idea of the skills competition. It really gives each of us a chance to score and help our teams.”
Every player scored and contributed to their teams, however the MVP of the first Annual March Madness Basketball game of 2016 went to Kathy Jernigan of the North Carolina Tar Heels! Kathy played a great overall game, but made her biggest contribution during the Dribbling Contest. Kathy surprised everyone in the room when the dribbled the ball 110 times for a minute straight without losing the ball! She scored 110 points for her team in 1 minute! Kathy said with a huge smile on her face, “I knew if I was chosen to dribble the ball that I could do great with it. I told myself I could do it for one minute and I did!”
The final score of the game was North Carolina 130 and Villanova 127!
Our elders, stakeholders, and everyone else had a great time during our first annual March Madness Basketball Game! We look forward to playing the game again next year.