Greyhounds Playing on Thanksgiving

The Greyhounds playing over Thanksgiving Break isn't just about basketball. The Hounds will be playing in a classic in Park Hill, MO that is helping bring more awareness to Autism. The third-annual State Farm "Be Thankful" Classic benefitting Visions of Hope will be held November 23-24, 2018 at Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Missouri, where all money raised goes to help autistic children. Over the past two years Fort Scott has participated in this classic and has helped raised over $5,000 dollars. This year's field includes Fort Scott CC, Mineral Area College, Roane State CC and Vincennes University.
Visions of Hope is a specifically designed vocational and social training program to teach individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) the skills needed to gain meaningful employment. The program that has been developed will use Dress 2 Impress Resale Shop as our training platform. We are located in beautiful downtown Farmington. Our training includes but is not limited to; time management, task analysis, task completion, following directions and socially appropriate interactions with peers, coworkers and public.
Autism is prevalent in 1 of every 68 children in the US. When those children reach the age of 18, 85% of autistic adults are unemployed. Visions of Hope provides children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder with both career and social training to aid in their future success.
"This is a chance for our young men to help make an impact on society and give back to a cause that is important to not just Head Coach Luke Strege (Mineral Area C. C.) but also my family also as I have two cousins that are autistic. It is an honor to be part of an event that is helping young members in their community thrive and work to have the tools to be successful as they get older," stated Head Coach Michael Cook.
Anyone wanting to make donations to this great cause please contact Head Coach Michael Cook at 620-223-2700 ext 7280 or email