Marlins will ‘paddle for Parkinson’s’
Members of the Port Aransas High School Marlins basketball team are taking part in the second annual Paddle for Parkinson’s relay on North Padre Island on Saturday, Sept. 3.
The event, to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Billish Park, involves a five-mile paddle that can be solo or in a relay broken into four legs, said Crystal Ybanez, one of the event’s organizers.
Any “physically motored vessel” can be used in the race, according to the National Parkinson Foundation Web site. That could mean kayaks, stand-up paddleboards or rowboats.
The race will include a festival at the park with food, arts, live music and other events.
The Port Aransas boys are raising money for research on the disease in honor of their coach, Joe Kocurek, who has Parkinson’s.
Donations are being accepted by all of the players: Storm Bales, Connor Collins, Chris Eggleston, Alex and Andrew Groseclose, Thomas Winton, John Amundsen, Chase Chambers, Andrew Follett, Tyler Pate, Caleb Rogers, Blake Goodwin, Christian Johnson, Nick Maxham and Jake Roberts.
Pate’s mother, Marnie Pate, also is accepting donations. Donations must be made no later than Sept. 2. Checks should be made to “Catch the Cure.”
For more information, contact Ybanez at (361) 726- 1670.