KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - For the seventh straight summer, Knoxville's Farragut High School hosted the "Hoops for Hope" event Saturday. And for the seventh straight summer, Tennessee's men's and women's basketball teams were right in the middle of the action.
The event - which started as an Eagle Scout project for Farragut graduate Trey Sexton in 2008 and has grown each year - benefits the Down Syndrome Awareness Group of East Tennessee.
Individuals with Down Syndrome were split into six teams, and members of the Vols and Lady Vols assisted them at instructional drill stations as well as full-court games.
For six Tennessee student-athletes - Lady Vols Ariel Massengale, Cierra Burdick and Isabelle Harrison and Vols Galen Campbell, Brandon Lopez and Josh Richardson - Saturday marked the fourth straight year that they have taken part in the Hoops for Hope festivities.
After the action on the court concluded, both UT squads signed autographs and posed for pictures with attending families.