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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Boys & Girls Club of Athens, Alabama to Honor Tank Beavers, Slain Basketball Star (and Former U of M Tiger)

Boys & Girls Club to honor slain basketball star
Thursday, August 02, 2007
By STEVE CAMPBELL, Huntsville (AL) Times Staff Writer

Tank Beavers, who died last year, was club's first member

ATHENS - The Athens Boys & Girls Club has big plans Friday and Saturday to honor the late Tanqueray "Tank" Beavers, the Athens club's first member.

The activities begin at 10 a.m. Friday with a ribbon-cutting to dedicate a gym to Beavers, a scholarship luncheon, a sportsmanship clinic for kids and a two-day basketball tournament for adults.

Beavers, 21, was fatally shot with his cousin, Thurston Turner, 27, on Dec. 17 at T.G.I. Friday's restaurant in Huntsville.

Suzanne Rainey, director of the Athens club, said a mural of Beavers will be unveiled at the gym, where Beavers spent much of his childhood.

At noon, University of Memphis head basketball coach John Calipari is expected to speak at the "founding supporters" luncheon at Friendship United Methodist Church. Club members will ask for $1,000 donations toward a future scholarship.

Beavers, a former Athens High School basketball star, played at Memphis during the 2004-2005 season under Calipari.

Beavers returned home before the season's end for personal reasons. He visited his old club frequently, Rainey said.

At 2 p.m., kids ages 8-12 may participate in the Hendrix Sportsmanship Clinic. The clinic will teach sportsmanship, conflict resolution and teamwork, Rainey said.

The clinic is free for club members and $20 for non-members.

At 4 p.m., the adult basketball tournament will begin at the club and end Saturday. Admission to the tournament is $3 per person.

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