ESP (Extra Special People) presents the first annual Big Hoops fundraiser where doctors and lawyers of Rome will star in an epic battle on Friday, March 31st in a matchup ESP is calling “Jawbones versus Sawbones.” Coaches and referees for the game will be local celebrities with special appearances from ESP participants in the halftime show.

The Big Hoops basketball game will be held at The Huffman at Darlington with tip-off at 6:30 PM on March 31. The community is invited to attend and experience Rome’s first signature ESP fundraising event. The non-profit’s goal for Big Hoops is to raise critical funds which provide essential ESP programming for participants and their families throughout the year.

“ESP has become an essential part of the Rome community by providing after school programs, weekend events, employment training, and summer camp, and is providing much needed respite for the participants’ families and caregivers,” said ESP Rome Leadership Annual Giving Officer and Rome local, Devon Smyth.

“I spent three years working for ESP Athens as a college student, and it helped shape me into the man I am today,” remarked Andrew Teare-Ketter, “I want to do everything I can to support ESP Rome and this community! Through ESP, I have made lifelong friends, met my wife, and
now will start my journey to the NBA.”

To purchase tickets to attend, purchase sponsorships, and sign-up to volunteer are available to the public at


About Extra Special People
Extra Special People, Inc., (ESP), a 501 (c)(3) is a non-profit serving families and their children
with disabilities since 1986. ESP exists to create transformative experiences for people with
disabilities and their families, changing communities for the better. With an ever-expanding
after-school program, weekend clubs, an eight-week long summer camp, and family resources,
ESP now serves more than 900 families