Tiger boys basketball team shoots for funds

The New England Tigers Boys Basketball team held a Free Throw Fundraiser to raise money for upcoming basketball camps, shoes, and practice gear needed for the upcoming season.

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By RACHEL BOCK | Herald Reporter

The New England Tigers Boys Basketball team held a Free Throw Fundraiser to raise money for upcoming basketball camps, shoes, and practice gear needed for the upcoming season.

The fundraiser started September 4 as boys basketball players in grades four through 12 asked people to either donate a flat fee, or pledge a certain amount per free throw made. Each player had a goal to raise $375 individually.

On September 19, the majority of the players took their turn at shooting 100 free throws. There were 34 shooters and two brave coaches who decided to try their best at the free-throw line. Senior Brady Bender, and fifth grader Matthew Bock are tied for first place, as they led the Tigers making 86 out of 100 free throws. Bock also had the most consecutive makes as he made 29 straight before missing.

Sophomore Manager Dylan Plaggemeyer worked very hard and raised the most donations for the cause.

The fundraiser is something that Boys Basketball Head Coach Gonzales used to do as a fundraiser for his college team. Gonzales thought about how successful it was in his college days and thought about having that kind of fundraiser for the Tigers

The event served two purposes: to raise some money and practice on a very important skill of free throw shooting.

After Gonzlaes and his team noticed that there were items that he and the team wanted, they decided to raise the money themselves rather than asking ‘mom and dad’ for the funds.

“When it comes down to basketball, there are things that you want that you don’t necessarily need,” Gonzales said. “Basically we’re trying to teach the kids a lesson, if you want these nice things you have to work for them.”

The money that was raised will be divided between all the grade levels, and will be used for items that are important to the basketball program. Those items include team shoes, practice gear, hotel accommodations, food when traveling, and camp fees.

In the future, coach Gonzales’ goal is for the varsity team to attend a university team camp each summer at a school known for their basketball acumen, possibly at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan.

Coach Gonzales, his coaching staff, and the rest of the Tiger boys basketball team would like to thank everyone who has donated to this fundraiser. If there is anyone who would like to donate please contact Coach Gonzales at 701-495-4990.

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