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Deadline nears for 35th basketball marathon
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 5:39 PM


By JIM LANGHAM • Feature Writer

PAYNE – The 35th annual Paulding County Crippled Children and Adult Society Basketball Marathon is just around the corner and, as usual, those in charge are scrambling to put together this event and coordinate the schedule of teams.

Technically, Wednesday, March 13, is the deadline to mail in entries. However, as is always the case, said Chad Benschneider, some entries are late to arrive.


"If you plan to enter after Wednesday, call instead of mail in your entry," said Benschneider, "and as soon as possible."


Benschneider said that those planning to enter should call his cell phone at 419-769-4708.

This year's marathon will begin at 5 p.m. on March 29 and is scheduled to end at 7 p.m. on March 30. This year's team registration is $100 and includes 10 shirts to be distributed among team members. The seven divisions of teams include mini-tots (0-2 grade); tots (grades 3-5); mini-youth (grades 6-8); youth (grades 9-12), and men, women and co-ed.

Last year's event featured 115 teams and raised $9,200 toward Crippled Children and Adult Society.

Every dollar stays in Paulding County and is especially helpful because applications for assistance has increased dramatically in recent years. Last year, the society served over 100 individuals in the county with need. The local society is based on an all volunteer corps and meets in any public building that will extend a welcome for usage for meetings. The society majors in speech, occupational and physical therapy, some assistance with medications and various educational seminars and mileage.

First and second place trophies and sportsmanship/point spread trophies are donated by Fessel Jewelers, said Benschneider.

In addition, Thrivent Financial for Lutheran has also pledged a significant donation.

"As has always been the case, we are doing this to give back to a county that has been so good to all of us," commented committee member Chad Cluts. "This money will be used specifically toward needs such as equipment and services for handicapped people of all ages in Paulding County.

"We want everyone to come out and have as good of a time as possible scoring all the points that they can within the 24 minutes allowed for each team to play," said Cluts. "As always, sportsmanship-like conduct is expected by everyone."

"It is so good to see that after 35 years, the marathon is still running strong," Benschneider said. "Of course, this would not be possible if it were not for the many volunteers, clock workers, referees, door workers, concession vendors, players and committee workers that started meeting long before the event started."

Benschneider compared the event to a family reunion and said he likes seeing friends from around the area that he often only sees at the marathon.

Committee members this year include Benschneider, Cluts, John Claymiller, Adam Taylor, Jennifer and Rylee Zartman, Jeremy Dunderman, Doug and Vicky Etzler, Alyssa Jackson, Ashley Litzenberg, Denise Smith, Brian and Kristy Vest, Kaleigh Young, Myra Zartman and Russ Zinser.

Entrance fee for the entire weekend is $3 for adults, $2 for students and children not in school are free. In addition, refreshments will be available for sale all weekend.