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Jones firefighters play wheelchair basketball to raise funds, awareness

Trey LaFitte, president of Glade Volunteer Fire Dept. and a member of "The Rolling Tigers" wheelchair basketball team, prepares to play defense after making a basket Saturday night. Trey LaFitte, president of Glade Volunteer Fire Dept. and a member of "The Rolling Tigers" wheelchair basketball team, prepares to play defense after making a basket Saturday night.
ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - Some Jones County volunteer firefighters have taken on a new challenge for a good cause.   

They accepted the invitation Saturday night to play the wheelchair basketball team, "The Rolling Tigers," in a charity full-court game at Jones County Junior College. 

It was done to raise money for and awareness of M.A.C.E. (Metro-Area Community Empowerment). That's an organization that gives Mississippians with disabilities the chance to play sports. 

One of the "Tigers" team members is Trey LaFitte, president of the Glade Volunteer Fire Dept.    

"The disabled public can still play sports and be active," said LaFitte. "And a lot of people get depressed and this is just the type of thing they need," he said.   

"Whatever you want to do, there should be nothing that can stop you," said Antonio V. Wright, CEO and founder of M.A.C.E. "If you want to play basketball and you're paralyzed, you still can play basketball.  It might be a little bit different, but you still can play," he said.  

M.A.C.E. was formed in 2011. 

You can find out more at www.mace-ms.org.

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