McCleskey attorneys hoop it up to fight Type 1 diabetes
Michael Uryasz needed help with a project and turned to fellow McCleskey attorney John Shanklin.
“I needed someone to run faster than me,” he said a few days after the attorneys played basketball on a team of lawyers against a team of doctors to raise money to fight diabetes.
The game was played at Abernathy High School and put together by Jody Myatt, a Plainview attorney whose daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on her 13th birthday.
The beneficiary was Beyond Type 1 – a California-based organization.
The players paid to play, people paid to watch, money was raised from concessions along with selling t-shirts, a silent auction and a raffle.
Michael played on the 8th-grade B team at Lubbock’s Irons Junior High School before hanging up his shoes.
John estimated he had not played a full court game of basketball since about 2000, when his intramural team at Texas A&M University made it to the championship game.
So it had been awhile since the pair had played hoops consistently – but that didn’t stop them.
Both scored three points in the game where the attorneys took an early lead before the doctors took the lead and pulled away.
“I think I shot a scorching 11 percent from the field,” said John, “so my skills have certainly not deteriorated a bit.”
Michael said: “I was more of a moral support-type role.”
“At one point we were up by five,” said John.
“That’s when there were glimmers of hope,” added Michael.
“We won the hearts and minds of the fans,” he added.
John and Michael said the doctor team was aided by a banker who made a flurry of three-point shots.
The attorneys had their own “ringers,” including Matt Ernst, Fox 34 chief meteorologist.
A few days after the game, the pair was asked what they learned from the experience, beside the satisfaction of helping raise money for an important cause.
“How embarrassingly bad of shape I’m in,” said John.