This past weekend Wilmington was host to the 21st Annual Carolinas Classic, an all-star basketball game featuring the best high school seniors of North Carolina against the best from South Carolina. Throughout the weekend the four teams visited local schools, outreach programs such as the boys and girls club and NHRMC.
During their visit with us, the men’s teams toured Easy Street in the NHRMC Rehabilitation hospital, where they interacted with patients and learned about the resources we provide. At first they inherently flocked to our mini basketball goal in the facility, but later spread out to learn more about the activities we have for patients to practice on such as a car to get in and out of or the small beach to walk on. The players were humbled to hear the testimonials of the patients receiving care and were able put a smile on the patients’ faces Saturday morning.
The women’s teams visited our pediatric floor in the NHRMC Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Starting in the play room, the girls hung out with a few of our patients and played games. The play room’s purpose is to give children an area where they can escape and truly be a kid. Both the North Carolina and South Carolina teams jumped right in with the kids by coloring and playing air hockey.
NHRMC is proud to be part of the success of Wilmington’s first time hosting the Carolinas Classic. We are thankful for the donation of $25,000 from the event’s sponsor, House of Raeford, and look forward to participating in the future.