Faculty/Staff 3 on 3 basketball tourney coming
By Donnie Moore - Staff Reporter
Highline's first-ever Faculty and Staff Thunderbirds 3 on 3 basketball tournament debuts next Friday, Oct. 19.
The event manager, Oussa- ma Alkhalili, a business tech- nology professor, said he is hap- py that Highline is able to put on such an event.
"The common goal is basket- ball and have fun," he said.
All proceeds collected at the event will go to Highline College Special Olympics through an account to be opened through the Highline Foundation. Once opened Alkhalili will be able to accept donations.
"The foundation said at the time of the event when we col- lect the money we'll give it to the foundation and they'll open the account. The students can actually contribute to that later on," Alkhalili said.
The Business Technology pro- fessor said he is hopeful that the Highline community is willing to be generous, seeing that the event is based solely on donations.
"Everything is donations. I have not advertised cam- pus-wide. The reason I have not promoted it on campus is be- cause we didn't have a place to collect the fund," Alkhalili said.
While the event is aimed to help the Highline College Spe- cial Olympics, he said he also wants to spread a message of the event being healthy and enjoy- ing the game.
"Basically, to keep your mind and body healthy you cannot
have one without the other. As an educator we try to promote that. The best way to do it is to practice it," Alkhalili said.
Some of the faculty and staff already plays basketball on Fri- days at noon, so they have an idea of the competition that is expected next Friday.
"This is not new, what I have done. The Friday basketball has been going on for as long as I have been here, 14 years, and
maybe before that. We have seen some really good players and some not so good, but the idea is to connect and enjoy and stay in good shape," Alkhalili said.
The past staff basketball Fri- days have been great, Alkhalili said.
"We have a really good time on the courts. Some of us were good players in the past and some of us just leisure players, but the whole thing is to have
fun," Alkhalili said. Alkhalili has had trouble
trying to recruit teams due to many factors, but some fear get- ting hurt. He currently has four to five teams signed up.
"It's a challenge to get fac- ulty and staff to actually come and play. First they don't want to get hurt. They can't afford to have an injury. And second they don't want to be embarrassed," Alkhalili said.