"We've had a great response from everybody," Organizer and Northview High School Key Club Advisor Pat Krider recently told The Brazil Times. "We hope to make this an annual fundraising event for Clay County's American Cancer Society Relay For Life event."
Numerous staff members of Northview High School and North Clay Middle School have volunteered to take the court for the charity basketball, including some very familiar faces to local sports fans.
Scheduled to participate for NHS are Jeff Gambill, Charles Jackson, Phil Leonard, Broc Leslie, Laura McCrea, Jacob Pactor, Tim Rayle, Kevin Ringo, Shannon Sampson, Chad Smith, Jennifer Smith, Josh Trout, Chris DeHart and Zack Keyes.
DeHart is the current JV boys' coach and former 1,000 point player for the NHS Knights, while Keyes was able to score 1,000 points during his career at the school and was a member of the 2004 NHS Knights' sectional title team.
Another notable player for the NHS team who might be waiting in the wings to take the court is Kenny Rowan. Rowan is the all-time leading scorer at NHS and is listed as the 19th all-time Indiana High School Leading Scorer with 2,138 points. Rowan also played at Indiana State University.
Scheduled to participate for NCMS are Greg Burns, Glen Gill, Nathan Hopf, Erick Kendall, Mitch Lancaster, Greg Mogan, Rex Hane, Bob Osborn, Jason Setliff, Kendall Sheets, Clay Huffman and Shawn Hughes.
Huffman is a current NCMS coach and NHS high scorer, while Hughes is the NCMS eighth-grade boys' coach and member of the 2004 NHS Knights' sectional title team.
Organizers confirm that other notables have shown an interest in participating in both teams, but they are unable to confirm whom at this time.
Other oldsters have also volunteered to participate in the band, as guard members/cheerleaders and to perform skits and other functions during the halftime show.
The referees will also include some interesting "celebrities," including Kirk Freeman, Lee Reberger, Jeff Bridgewater and possibly Jeff Farris.
Commemorative T-shirts are also on sale ($11 each) at the main offices of both Northview and North Clay Middle School, any member from Northview Key Club or at Riddell National Bank and The Brazil Times until March 1. Wearing a "really cool shirt" will get a person into the event for a $1, while all others will be charged $5 at the door.
"We really hope the public comes out to enjoy the event," Krider said. "It's going to be a lot of fun."
For more information about the event contact organizer and Key Club Sponsor Pat Krider at 448-2661 Ext. 1217.
For more information about how to participate in the 2011 Clay County American Cancer Society Relay For Life, log onto the local Relay website http://www.relayforlife.org/claycountyin, the event Facebook page (Clay County Relay) or read ACS Relay For Life Chairperson Carrol Evans' blog "Updates for Relay" at www.thebraziltimes.com.
Game Night Activities
Watching the game will only be half the fun during "Hoops for Hope" charity fundraising basketball game at Northview High School 7:30 p.m., March 7. Organizers have planned another fundraising activity the public can get involved in to help support the upcoming 2011 Clay County American Cancer Society's Relay For Life event.
Purple plastic wrist bracelets featuring the words "Faith," "Hope" and "Strength" will be available for purchase (price to be announced).
During halftime, all cancer survivors attending the event will be honored and receive a purple bracelet with the word "Survivor" on it.