Bonham PIP to perform at Globetrotters Game

By: Lisanne Anderson Email
By: Lisanne Anderson Email

The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Dallas this Friday and Saturday to play at the American Airlines Center. When they break for halftime on Saturday, forty-five children and youth from Bonham will take to the court to perform. The kids are members of the All-Star PIP team from Bonham. When they take the court, they will dribble, spin and show off other basketball handling skills in a carefully planned routine set to music.

"We are really excited about this opportunity," said PIP Coach Shannon Massie.

PIP stands for Players in Progress. This year marks the second year the basketball program has been in Bonham. Other schools in the Texoma area with PIP programs include Trenton, Ector, Dodd City, Whitewright, Denison and Tom Bean.

Massie said she wanted to bring the PIP program to Bonham in order to help students strengthen their basketball skills. "The PIP Program also encourages positive character traits in the kids," continued Massie. "For example, PIP teaches kids to keep going even if they make a mistake and encourages team work and cooperation too."

When Massie is not coaching PIP, she is the Vice-Principal at IW Evans Intermediate School in Bonham. When students participate in PIP, she often notices an improvement in their self esteem and self-confidence, in addition to the improved basketball handling skills.

In all, about ninety students in grades pre-K through 8th grade participated in the PIP program at Bonham this year. Players were divided into two groups that took turns performing during halftime of the high school girls and boys varsity basketball games. When Bonham coaches accepted the invitation to perform at the Globetrotters game, they faced the difficult task of selecting an All-Star team because there was only room to bring about half of the group.

Tickets to the Globetrotters game are still available on-line at

For those who cannot make it to the game on Saturday, the All-Star team will perform their routine again on Feb. 8 between the boys' junior varsity and varsity basketball games at Bonham High School.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Bonham, Tx on Feb 3, 2008 at 07:19 PM
    Your performance at the Globtrotters game was fantastic! Great job Guys! Such dediaction to pull off a performance in front of some many people, you all handled it better than most adults would have. Great job again. Your are coaches are so proud of you!!!
  • by Levi Patton Location: Osan Air Base, South Korea on Feb 1, 2008 at 06:56 PM
    Its great to see some home town kids preforming. Great to see people from back home. Just wonted to say hey to Taylor, Kenny aka. Knuckle Head, Cheyanne, Kelsey, Coach Massie, Gayle, and Alex thanks for all the hard work and dedication! Love your Soldier Levi Patton
  • by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2008 at 05:50 AM
    These kids exemplified the true character of PiPs superbly. They have learned and gained the confidence to take risks, make mistakes, and recover from those mistakes. Things some adults have yet to learn. I'm glad to see that their efforts are paying off. Thank you to the coaches who are volunteering their time and the parents who are supporting these kids. Great job guys! Keep up the hard work and enjoy your moment.
  • by Anonymous Location: Bonham, TX on Jan 31, 2008 at 07:27 PM
    Great job! It's always wonderful to hear positive stories about our local youth. Have fun at the Globetrotters game!
  • by Anonymous Location: Bonham, Tx on Jan 31, 2008 at 01:58 PM
    The Pip's coming to Bonahm has greatly improved the ball handling skills for our Kids. Congrats! To all who are on the All-Star Performance team. Have a great time at the Globtrotters game.
  • by Anonymous Location: Bonham, Tx on Jan 31, 2008 at 01:54 PM
    Way to go Bonham PIP group! Have a great time at the Globetrotters game. We'll see ya there! Great job Coach Massie and your assistant Coaches.
  • by Lynn Location: Sherman on Jan 31, 2008 at 11:58 AM
    Kinda cute. Could use some more practice ,though. Think half those kids this am were still asleep...
  • by Anonymous Location: Bonham on Jan 31, 2008 at 09:14 AM
    Congratulations PIP! Kudos to Massie for bringing the program to Bonham when smaller schools have had it for years. This is an awesome, positive experience for these kids! I hope you have a great time!
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