Grades 6-8 students at Donald Young School in Emo held their “Hoops for Heart” last Wednesday (Jan. 28) and raised more than $1,500 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
The two top fundraisers were Jonathon Blattner and Charmaine King.
“‘Hoops for Heart’ is similar to ‘Jump Rope for Heart,’” noted co-ordinator Kerri Tolen, adding the latter fundraiser will be held sometime this spring.
Students collected pledges and then spent a designated time participating in the various activities.
The hoops event, which ran from 1-3 p.m., kicked off with a group warm-up, which included a stretch lead by Caleb Shumaker and ball-handling activities by coach John Laplante.
Students then were assigned to stations and rotated at one of four stations every 10 minutes. A series of relays and a bump competition wrapped up the day.
Twenty-eight students in all participated in “Hoops for Heart,” with names drawn for prizes such as books and T-shirts.
It took many people to organize and run the event.
“Fortunately we were able to team up with Rainy River High School,” noted Tolen. “A big thanks goes to John Laplante and the [Rainy River] high school basketball players who instructed at the stations–Caleb Shumaker, Dustin Mowe, James Thompson, and Joel Ashworth.
“Another big thanks goes to the businesses that sponsored the event by providing food and juice for the carbo-loading station,” she added.
A special thanks also goes out to DYS librarian Marie-Ann deGroot as well as the parent volunteers (Carrie Baker, Francis Grant, and Carol Kaemingh).