Harlem Globetrotter Legends help Grainger Co.

4:08 PM, Dec 2, 2012   |    comments
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One East Tennessee county was treated to a special benefit basketball game Saturday by some of the country's most talented players.

It was only three months ago when Georgia native Eugene "Iceman" Raines accepted $2,500 from the Grainger County school system and sheriff's department to speak to local students about his experiences as a Harlem Globetrotter.

The only problem: Raines admitted to 10News in October that he had never suited up for the team.

After hearing about that incident, retired Harlem Globetrotter Larry "Gator" Rivers said he wanted to make a wrong, right.  Rivers and the team he coaches, the Harlem Globetrotter Legends, talked with the Grainger County Sheriff's Department about holding a benefit game to help with the county's "Shop with a Cop" campaign.

"This is very special, because it's for a special community and a special group of kids," Rivers said.

According to Grainger County Sheriff Scott Layel, more than 1,500 people packed Grainger County High School's gymnasium to get a glimpse of Rivers' team.  He told 10News he believes the game helped the county raise more than $7,000 for "Shop with a Cop," which will take place December 20.

"[There's] going to be a lot of kids happy with Christmas this year." he said. "We're going to try and get to [help] 150 children, so I'm so excited."

Grainger County kids enjoyed the Legends as well.  Andrew Whaley, 13, said he was impressed by all of the team's moves.

"I've always wanted to go to one of their games, but they never were in the right county or state or anything," Whaley said.

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