Special Olympics fundraiser on Friday pits Flight Squad against…

LUMBERTON — Anthony Govan, the program specialist and Special Olympics coordinator for the Robeson County Parks and Recreation Department, said that Friday’s basketball fundraiser at the Bill Sapp Recreation Center brings “something new” to the local area.

The Parks and Recreation Departments from the City of Lumberton and Robeson County are joining together to host a basketball game that will raise funds for the Robeson County Special Olympics on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The event features the Flight Squad taking on the Wrecking Crew. The Flight Squad was founded in 2017 and is comprised of former college and professional basketball players.

“We wanted to bring something different to Robeson County and this is something different that people haven’t really seen before. It’s what we hope is the first of many new things,” Govan said. “It’s the same thing as the Harlem Globetrotters, but they are not as global as them. There will be a lot of comedy, good basketball and it will be a good family environment.”
The Flight Squad’s opponents, the Wrecking Crew, is a team made up of people from the local community that City of Lumberton Athletic Director Tim Clark put together.

“We are hoping that having local people in the game will get some people to come out and take on some top level talent,” Govan said. “That should make it interesting.”

Anyone under the age of four is free, while entrance for 5- to 12-year-olds is $3 and anyone 13 and up is $6. For more information, contact the Robeson County Parks and Recreation Department at 910-671-3090.