Charity game highlights awareness of domestic violence

Members of the Winston-Salem Lady Warcats and Winston-Salem Police Department basketball teams take time for a photo on May 7.

Charity game highlights awareness of domestic violence
May 12
08:30 2016

Photo by Tevin Stinson



Since they became members of the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League in 2010, the Winston-Salem Lady Warcats have held a charity game to mark the mid-point of the season. This year’s charity game was unlike any other.

Last Saturday, May 7, the Lady Warcats faced off against members of the Winston-Salem Police Department (WSPD) in the first ever S.M.I.L.E.S (Supporting Many Innocent Lives Enabling Success) Charity Game. Unlike games in the past that charged admission, this year spectators were asked to bring an item to donate to Eliza’s Helping Hands and their year long domestic violence campaign.

During the game held at Fulton YMCA, the Lady Warcats were able to collect dozens of  personal hygiene products, household linens and other items for women and families who have been victims of domestic violence.

Although the Lady Warcats didn’t win their matchup with the WSPD, team officials noted the real winners of the day were the women who will receive the items collected during the game.

This season the Lady Warcats are operating under a new owner and management team and are becoming more known throughout the city for their work to improve the quality of life of residents. In coming weeks the team will host a youth basketball camp for children ages 6 -12. For more information on the Lady Warcats and upcoming community events, visit

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