As part of his ongoing recovery outreach, Stuart Perry maintains contact with other mental health professionals and organizations throughout Georgia. Some weeks ago, he invited the successful basketball team from Cordele's "Phoenix House," a peer support program of Middle Flint Behavioral HealthCare, for a basketball challenge with "The Geese," the aspiring team from Perry Wellness Center.
The site for the games was The Columns at Boone Park Community Center in Americus. Supportive and outspoken supporters rallied from each site. Cries of "fly, geese, fly!" filled the air, in tribute to the center's flying geese logo. Pam Perry, Stuart's better half, demonstrated her support by filling plastic bottles with gravel, and individual horn blowers were also provided for Geese fans.
We're happy to report that, while being gracious hosts to the visiting team, we still managed to achieve a win for the day. The Geese won three out of four 20-point games played. More important than the sports results was the opportunity for teamwork and camaraderie. Phoenix House participants were also invited to visit Perry Wellness Center for a tour and lunch.
As Stuart summed it up: "Today was a great day for all who were involved." The success of the experience has let to plans to invite other area teams for tournaments in the future.