By Paul Hines
MT. VERNON —
Area students and athletes gathered in Changnon Gymnasium for the annual Slam Jam on Thursday night.
The night provided competitors a chance to blend sports together with a good cause. The event benefited Mt. Vernon Township High School Special Olympics and Project UNIFY.
“I'm happy that students come out and enjoy themselves, and we raise money for Special Olympics,” Leeann Ferguson, who has been a Special Olympics coach for 17 years, said.
Athletes competed in free throw, 3-point and slam dunk contests during the course of the evening. Bryce Hunter won the free throw portion of the evening with 16 made shots.
Hunter also led the 3-point contest with 10 made shots, until freshman boys basketball coach Rashod Seaton edged him with 11 for the victory. Seaton later joked about the friendly rivalry between the two.
“I knew it would be fun,” Seaton said. “And then me and Bryce have something going. I told him I was going to beat him.
“It's a good cause too.”
Keyante Haywood-Lockhart was the victor in the dunk contest. He punctuated his win with his final slam. He hurtled a young child while dunking the ball through the hoop. Haywood-Lockhart scored 10 points out of a possible 13.
Thursday marked the third straight year for the event.