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Local tournament makes a difference

Today kicked off the 54th annual FiberMax Caprock Classic basketball tournament.

However, it is not only a tournament, it is the main fundraiser for the American Business Clubs (AMBUCS), an organization that helps those with special needs. 

The tournament is sponsored by FiberMax with Bayer CropScience.  Spokesman Josh Dill says the partnership creates mobility and independence for people with disabilities.

"It is great to know that because of this tournament the lives of so many with disabilities are positively impacted," Dill said. 

Two lucky little girls with special needs got therapeutic tricycles (Amtrykes) today.

Zianne Smith was one of the lucky recipients.  She is 5-years old and has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Her father Michael says this is something they have been wanting for awhile.

"It's something that I'd been looking forward to her getting. We had been talking about it for awhile and now that she has it, as you can tell, she's really enjoying it," said Smith.

This is Zianne's first Amtryke and her father says she can now ride her bike with her cousins.

"A lot of times when the kids get to go out and play with their bikes, she can't necessarily go out with them. Now she has the opportunity to go outside and she can enjoy riding her bike with her cousins."

Smith says doctors told him Zianne probably will not be able to walk without assistance.  But he says this new Amtryke will definitely help with that in the long run.

"It's definitely going to strengthen her thighs and help with the motion in her hips, something that she doesn't get a lot of."

Six-year old Briann Maldanado also received an Amtryke. She has down syndrome and her parents say her low muscle tone makes riding a regular bike very difficult for her.

"It makes me feel good that there's a lot of people out there that have good hearts to help her out with her condition," said her father Brian.

Her mother says they have had many challenges in the past, but they have overcome them and this new tricycle will help her out even more.

"Oh it is such a wonderful gift. It makes me happy for her that she's striving more with this bike."

These Amtrykes are made to help special needs individuals with physical endurance and coordination.

Thirteen more will be handed out during the duration of the tournament. It begins on Thursday, Dec. 27 and runs through Saturday, Dec. 29.

For the complete schedule or ticket information click here.

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