College of the Ozarks Women’s Basketball Holding Garage Sale Fundraiser for Teammate’s Families

The women of College of the Ozarks’ basketball team take the concept of taking care of their own very seriously and they’re showing it by holding a benefit garage sale this Saturday, 7 a.m., at 601 South 5th Street in Branson.

Two members of the team are facing family crisis and their teammates are holding a sale to raise money to help the families deal with their medical situations. Sophomore guard Kyra Hardesty lost her mother last week to complications from multiple sclerosis, and sophomore guard Michelle Gabani’s mother is battling an aggressive form of brain cancer.

“It was all Abby Oliver’s idea,” College of the Ozarks Women’s Basketball Head Coach Becky Mullis told the Branson Tri-Lakes News. “She talked to her teammates and they all jumped on board. It’s completely player-led.”

Oliver, a junior guard and physical education major from Strafford, came up with the idea of the team holding a garage sale and splitting the proceeds between their teammates’ families.

“I was in my dorm room,” Bolivar graduate Gabani told the Branson Tri-Lakes News, “and Abby just said, ‘OK, I have to tell you something’ and she let me know what was going on. I’m not surprised that they are doing this, because they are very caring and giving to each other.

The news of the idea quickly spread and donations were coming in from all over the area. Donations are still being taken by the team, with anyone wanting to give asked to call Mullis in the women’s basketball office to arrange pickup or delivery.