Doesn't every kid deserve a chance to play?
That's what organizers of the second annual Big Sports Gig believe. The event raises money for scholarships so kids on the Gig Harbor and Key peninsulas can play youth sports, regardless of their ability to pay. Last year's event raised more than $10,000 for area sports and recreation groups to help reduce fees, and there is hope to raise even more this year.
Highlighting the auction gala will be keynote speeches from former Seattle Supersonic Slick Watts and his son, Donnie Watts, a former basketball star for the University of Washington. The night promises to be a fun evening. Besides dinner with local wine and microbrews, there will be free tastings of Heritage Distillery's new offerings and complimentary 10-minute massages from Gig Harbor Chiropractic.
"We hope people have fun, realize the importance of the cause and help make a difference in the lives of hundreds of area kids," said Peninsula Athletic Association's Sandra Kern, one of the organizers of the event.
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Slick Watts starred for the 1970s-era Supersonics, which brought basketball popularity to the state of Washington. Watts is best remembered for his headbands. His son, Donald, led the Huskies to two NCAA appearances in the late 1990s. The two have formed the company Watts Basketball, which travels the state inspiring a new generation to succeed in basketball and life.
Besides the catered meal, there will be a silent and short live auction, desserts from local bakeries and a few surprises. All proceeds from the event benefit the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation's Recreational Scholarship Fund.
"Almost one-third of the kids in our area are in a situation where they can't afford to play,” Kern said. “We struggle to find ways to give every kid the opportunity, this is a wonderful chance for the community to stand up and make a difference."
Tickets for Saturday’s event are $40 and can be purchased online at bigsportsgig.org. For more information, call 253-219-8717.