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Basketball Tournament Raises Money for Well for Ghana

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MORGANTOWN -

At halftime of every sporting event, athletes are always grabbing for a bottle of water. Unfortunately, in some places around the world, that's just not possible.

A five-on-five basketball tournament took aim to help change that.

"There are millions of people all over the world that don't have clean water," said Ethan Davis, a participant in the Bring Clean Water to Ghana! basketball tournament. "It's really important to get clean water to people, just as a quality of life issue if nothing else, even just a life issue, because it can kill you."

We take it for granted every day, clean and fresh drinking water at our disposal.  Places like Africa, drinking water is hard to find and clean water is even harder.

"My personal conviction is that it's our human obligation to help one another out, and so if I can do something as simple as host a basketball tournament and get as many people involved in the cause and have fun doing so than why not," said tournament organizer Chelsea Hodgkins of West Virginia University.

The student organized tournament not only raised awareness of the problem, but raised money for Wells for Ghana, a group that drills water wells in Ghana and Tanzania.

While many hit the courts for fun and competition, others laced up their shoes for the first time since junior high, just for the cause.

"I've been to Ghana myself," said Davis, "and so I got really excited. So I just wanted to come out and support it, and do as much as a could to help bring clean water to Ghana."

As the organizer, Hodgkins efforts reach further than a local fundraiser. In a few weeks she will visit Ghana as part of another group, Community Water Solutions, to help put in a water treatment center.

She hopes through global efforts like the tournament, which help people half-way across the world, that students will understand their global connection.

"I think a sense of community," said Hodgkins, "not just here at WVU but the sense that we're a very global community. I mean water, and having clean water is vital to life."

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