Spokesmen look to defend national title - with a little help

When we first met the Port City Spokesmen two months ago, they were short on money. Now they play with a new purpose.

Children at Bradley School in Wilmington saw the News 6 story in October, and pitched in to help the men.

"I had pennies from the little ones, quarters from the middle schoolers and dollars from the high school students,"says school principal Georgia Spiliotis.

The students managed to raise $300, which translates out to about $3 for every child in the small school.

The school gives the money to the spokesmen, and in return, the students get in a lesson of life and basketball.

Many of the students got to see firsthand the determination it takes to play basketball from a chair.

The Spokesmen hope to use this donation to defend their existing National Wheelchair Basketball Association Championship title.

To continue the momentum, the students are also selling team t-shirts to raise even more money.

The players will use this support to continue to shoot for their goal: defending their national title.

Reported by Heather Higgins: email hhiggins@wect.com