Posted: Mar 3, 2013 6:24 PM by Ashley Colley
Updated: Mar 4, 2013 12:05 AM
COLUMBIA - For the second year in a row, Missouri Head Coach Frank Haith is competing against a handful of coaches from around the county--not just on the court, but online.
Coach Haith is participating in the ESPN Infiniti Coaches' Challenge, where the winner has a chance to win $100,000 for the charity of his choice.
For Coach Haith, his choice is the Boys & Girls Club of Columbia, an organization close to home for the Tigers.
"Whenever they see us it makes their day--makes their week," Phil Pressey said. "They're an entergetic group of kids who are always trying to beat us in basketball, beat us in video games or whatever we're doing - they're always trying to do better then we are because we're older and we're basketball players so it's just fun going over there and see the smile on the kids faces and everytime we go over there - something good comes out of it."
"We've spent numerous hours over there with them and they don't have a gym, they have an outdoor court and when it's cold - you can't play, when it's ice, when it's rain - you can't play," Laurence Bowers said. "So having a gym would be very beneficial for those kids because they can always do that regardless of the weather.
"A gym would just increase so much ability for our kids," said Boys and Girls Club Employee Deronne Wilson. "To go in and play basketball, volleyball, relay races, we could host talent shows, banquets...there is just endless things that we could do with a gym. Not only that the space of a gym would allow us to serve more youth."
Last season, Coach Haith finished in the Final Four of the coaches' challenge--just short of the goal.
"The Boys & Girls Club of Columbia--vote for us because it's definitely a great cause," Wilson said. "These kids are special kids, they need a place to go and we're trying to serve as many youth as possible. The staff here is great - we really care about the kids and the community. The partnership with the basketball team is just outstanding and I think with the gym we can even do bigger and some more things with the gym. Please vote for us, it's going for a good cause and we greatly appreciate it."
To vote for Coach Haith and Boys and Girls Club of Columbia log onto ESPN.com/infiniti.
Posted 5:39 PM 11/26/2015 by The Associated Press
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield police said an officer has shot and killed a man during a struggle over the officer's gun.
Police on Thursday identified the man who was killed as 23-year-old Magnum E. Phillips, of Springfield. Police said in a news release that the shooting (More)
Posted 5:34 PM 11/26/2015 by The Associated Press
FORT LEONARD WOOD (AP) — Fort Leonard Wood dished out more than five tons of turkey for the Thanksgiving Day holiday.
The south-central Missouri installation said in a news release that it celebrated the holiday with a traditional meal served in (More)
Posted 2:08 PM 11/26/2015 by Annie Hammock, KOMU 8 Reporter and Nicole Cooke, Sedalia Democrat Reporter
COLUMBIA - A fire in Sedalia gutted two homes and heavily damaged at lest two others Thursday on the 500 block of 4th Street. Dramatic pictures and video from the scene show flames and heavy smoke.
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Posted 1:55 PM 11/26/2015 by Kolbie Satterfield, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA – An expected 650 people were fed a full Thanksgiving meal today thanks to the annual “Everybody Eats” program.
There were 59 turkeys and 11 hams prepared the day before Thanksgiving to feed the crowd, head chef Bill Sullivan said.
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Posted 12:09 PM 11/26/2015 by The Associated Press
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield police said an officer shot and killed a man during a struggle over the officer's gun.
Police on Thursday identified the man who was killed as 23-year-old Magnum E. Phillips, of Springfield. Police said in a news release that the shooting happened (More)
Posted 10:31 AM 11/26/2015 by The Associated Press
KANSAS CITY (AP) - Arrests for drunken boating on Missouri waterways have fallen by 63 percent since the Missouri State Water Patrol merged with the Highway Patrol.
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Posted 10:22 AM 11/26/2015 by Annisa Budiman, KOMU 8 Reporter
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Posted 9:40 AM 11/26/2015 by Eric Yount, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
BOONE COUNTY - An early morning fire broke out in a house at 6399 Old Village Road Thursday.
Battalion Chief Gale Blomenkamp of the Boone County Fire Protection District said a couch caught fire in the living room, causing smoke and heat damage throughout the room. The woman living there and her two dogs were able to escape without injury.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Posted 8:41 AM 11/26/2015 by Eric Yount, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
MEXICO - Mexico Public Safety arrested a man early Thursday morning in connection to a shooting in Mexico.
The Mexico Public Safety Department responded to calls of a man being shot just before 2 a.m. Thursday and found a 32-year-old man in the road in the 900 block of Carrico Street. (More)