On Thursday ,May 27, Winicki’s Warriors battled Sconzo’s Stallions in a winner-take-all basketball competition at Kingwood High School. The house was packed as the crowd watched the Warriors turn back the Stallions 98-97. Humble ISD School Board members and eighth-grade Creekwood Middle School basketball players comprised the Stallion team, named for Humble ISD Superintendent Guy Sconzo, while CMS staff and seventh-grade players made up the Warriors, named for CMS Principal Walt Winicki. “It was close the whole night through,” said Stallion guard Royce Huseman, KHS basketball head coach. “It was played like an NBA playoff game.” “Students selected, planned and led this project. The students wanted their project to benefit kids directly and locally,” said Janice York, CMS service learning facilitator and event coordinator. The purpose of the event was to support a CMS service learning project, which raises autism awareness, and benefits Village Learning and Achievement Center and Including Kids, Inc., as well as CMS’s Special Education Department. The game is a spin-off of a successful program which began two years ago when students provided families in other countries with malaria-protected bed nets. Last year, the same program created so much buzz supporting a WWI monument in Washington, D.C. that the Humble ISD School Board challenged them to a benefit basketball game to support the service learning project. “That was such a fun, exciting, spirited, competitive and well-attended event, that the school board decided to support a service learning project in the district that way each year,” said York. Money raised by the benefit game goes to help buy teaching supplies for autistic students and reduce program costs. Photo: Stallions (from left) Royce Huseman, Gabe Avalos, Dave Martin and Dan Huberty taking a break halftime.

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