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Central Texas Rhythm basketball team holding benefit game in Marble Falls for Dell Children’s center


MARBLE FALLS — The Central Texas Rhythm, a semi-professional team in the United Basketball League, will play an intersquad scrimmage Oct. 26 to benefit the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.

“We have to be thankful for what we have so we can continue to do what we’re doing,” head coach Dennis O. Porter said. “We’re not promised tomorrow.”

The scrimmage will be a live game that includes four 12-minute quarters. It is 5 p.m. in the gymnasiums at Marble Falls Middle School, 1511 Pony Circle Drive.

The Rhythm have previously conducted two fundraisers in Marble Falls. The first was in January with proceeds going to the medical center. The other benefitted the family of Burnet High School graduate Johnny Mosley, who drowned at Inks Lake State Park in May.

Several of Mosley’s friends are members of the Rhythm including the coach. The benefit raised $1,000 to give to the family.

Porter has a heart for helping young people. He serves as a juvenile probation officer, has operated a childcare facility, teaches Tae Kwon Do in Burnet and worked in an alternative high school in Copperas Cove.

A son of one of his players, Geoff Harner, was once treated in the medical center, Porter said.

“I see all facets of children,” he said. “It takes a strong mentor. It’s a gift from God. Invest now or pay later. We can mold them in the direction to go.”

The team’s goal is to raise $1,000, doubling what the Rhythm donated to the medical center in January.

Porter also announced he will hold tryouts at 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at First United Methodist Church, 1101 Bluebonnet Drive.