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Slam dunk: basketball for a good cause

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Charity basketball game raising money for local families

What: Charity basketball game presented by Anytime Fitness Lima
Where: LCC High School Gymnasium, 720 S Cable Rd, Lima, OH 45805
When: Saturday, Feb. 27 at 11 a.m.
Why: To raise money for #AllisonStrong and #AddieStrong

Taylor Johnson
tjohnson@the419.com

LIMA – When it’s time for tipoff at Anytime Fitness Lima’s second annual charity basketball game Saturday, more than just bragging rights are on the line.

“It’s all about raising funds and awareness for these two families in our community,” said Alexa Miller, director of marketing at Anytime Fitness Lima.

The game is a one-on-one matchup between Miller and Anytime Fitness Lima owner Lyle Endsley.

Miller will be playing in honor of Allison Strong, a charity in honor of LCC graduate Allison Buehler who lost her battle with breast cancer in January. Allison did not have life insurance and the money will help her husband Brandon pay for the ongoing medical bills and assist in caring for their 7-year old son Logan.

“I only had the chance to meet Allison a handful of times, but even in those few instances, I was always amazed by her positivity,” said Miller. “I think we could all try to be a little more like Allison.”

Miller, a four-year starter and team captain on the University of Northwestern Ohio Girls Basketball Team from 2007-2011, is favored in the matchup against Endsley.

During her time as a shooting guard at UNOH, Miller broke multiple records and still leads UNOH in career percentage of 3-point field goals made and number of games played as a starter.

Endsley played on the Shawnee High School Basketball team for one year during high school in 1977 and averaged 1.3 points per game.

Endsley will be playing for Addie Strong in support of the Lawson family, who has faced numerous medical challenges following their 7-year old daughter’s hospitalization with meningitis. The family will donate the money to Nationwide Children’s Hospital where Addie is currently undergoing additional medical treatment.

“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we hope to fill the stands to show our support for these local families,” said Endsley.

Giving back right here at “home” is part of Anytime Fitness Lima’s foundation he says.

“We are a locally owned business and, therefore, we feel it’s our job to step up and help people right here in this community,” said Endsley. “We’ve been a part of this community for seven years and they’ve given us so much – they’ve really become family. So we like to return the favor.”

With so much on the line, Endsley and Miller have been vocal in the community about who will come out on top.

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Endsley jokes that the game is also about defending his family name – Miller beat his son Chad, co-owner at Anytime Fitness Lima, at last year’s tournament 12 – 0.

The event will have a 50/50 raffle, a healthy bake sale, and giveaways. DJ Old Skool will provide entertainment and Vince Koza will host his radio show live from the event. Entry fee is donation only and can be given on the day of the event or dropped off to Anytime Fitness Lima 2119 Elida Rd, Lima, OH 45805.

After the game, Lock 16 will host an after party where 10% of all the proceeds will be split between both charities when you show the flyer below. (download here).

RSVP to the event now on Facebook. For more information, please contact Alexa Miller 419-221-0030.

Lock 16 after party