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"Knap Attack" preps for Hoopin' With Harlem event

"Knap Attack" preps for Hoopin' With Harlem.

Knapheide Manufacturing employees took to the court Friday morning to prepare for a basketball showdown.

It's all part of Hoopin' With Harlem to raise money for Special Olympics Illinois.

Knapheide will take on Blessing Health Services and while it's all in good fun, the competition is heating up.

"We have to really step up the game. We know Blessing has a couple key players but we have some secret weapons. We're going to take the win. Knap Attack will take down the Blessing Ballers," said Nathan Wall of Knapheide.

Lisa Neisen with Blessing Health Services has a personal connection to the fundraiser.

Her son, Brady, has Down syndrome.

Neisen says it's events like Hoopin' With Harlem that connect kids with special needs to their community.

"It just touches your heart whenever you see them and it actually is just as rewarding for the other adults to be working with the kids with special needs because they teach us so much. Every single day they teach us about life and how important it is and not to take things for granted," said Neisen.

Hoopin' With Harlem also features Quincy University against Special Olympic athletes, plus the Quincy Police Department takes on the Harlem Wizards.

The tournament kicks off at 5:30 p.m. at Baldwin Gym on December 8.

You can buy tickets here.


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