It’s rare to see a basketball player inside West Fairmont Middle School who can dunk.
Saturday the gym was filled with them when the United Way of Marion County held its annual clinic and autograph signing with the West Virginia Mountaineers basketball team.
Obviously, several of the 6-foot and 7-foot college athletes could dunk. But they also provided some of the youngsters with a chances to slam one home by boosting them up for the last foot ... or seven.
“They’re too little to even get over the rim, so it’s nice to give them a chance to get up there,” 6-foot-8 freshman Nathan Adrian said after hoisting a 5-year-old.
More than 80 children turned out for the event sponsored by the United Way of Marion County, an organization that provides funding to 22 partner social service agencies in the county.
“I think there is more of an excitement in the community about the event because the word is spreading,” United Way of Marion County Executive Director Tiffany Samuels said. “I think we’re reaching out to people who have not participated in the past so we’re getting new kids.”