POCATELLO — The Hoop Gurlz have spent months learning how to work together to achieve their goals on the basketball court, and now they’re using their skills off the court to help one of their own.
The local AAU competitive girls basketball team is raising money on behalf of Naomi Hymas, a 10-year-old member of the team who received serious facial injuries in an elevator accident at a friend’s home earlier this month. She has been recovering at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City ever since.
“It’s an absolute miracle that she is going to be OK,” said Courtnie Smith, coach of the team, adding that Hymas was recently released from the intensive care unit, but remains in the hospital.
To help their teammate and friend, the Hoop Gurlz are planning a three-day fundraiser. Smith said the baked good and yard sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at 1340 Remington Road in Pocatello. Those who cannot attend the event, can also call Smith at 208-530-0982 to donate to the cause.
“It’s been amazing watching these young girls come together to support her like this,” said Smith, adding that the team is also selling bracelets and participating in other fundraisers. And they played in the recent Brian Reams Memorial 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament in honor of Hymas; they wore shirts of green — her favorite color — that bore the words “Team Naomi All 4-1”. Smith said Hymas’ jersey number is 1.
Smith said her team members are like children to her so she was devastated when she heard about Hymas’ accident.
“At the time we heard it, we didn’t think she would live,” Smith said, but added that Hymas is a strong little girl who is beating the odds.
Hymas was riding on a small, doorless elevator at a friend’s house when the accident occurred.
She was looking out over the edge of the elevator when her head got caught between the frame of the elevator and its floor, Smith said, adding that several of her facial bones were crushed in the process.
“She went through one complete reconstructive surgery on her chin,” Smith said, adding that it will likely take years and many more surgeries to repair the damage.
“She’s the type of kid that is always smiling,” Smith said, adding that Hymas makes friends easily and has a lot heart. “She’s just a fun-loving kid.”
Smith said the team wants to help Hymas and her family at this difficult time, and she’s proud of their efforts, which show their team spirit on and off the court. “It’s united all of us,” she said.
Originally posted at: Idaho State Journal - See more at: http://www.aaugirlsbasketball.org/News/ArticleDetail.aspx?Title=Hoop+Gurlz+raising+money+for+injured+teammate&ArticleID=4973#sthash.q7awhGyQ.dpuf
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