Port Jervis hoops teams score for Sandy Hook families
There's a movement underway in the community of Port Jervis to help those who lost loved ones in the Newtown Connecticut school shooting. They're calling it "Port Points for Sandy Hook." Our Christian Farrell has the story.
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PORT JERVIS, N.Y. - Nothing but net. The Port Jervis High School basketball teams have recently been working real hard on their shooting. That's not only because they're trying to win games, but also soon they're going to be shooting to raise some money.
"It's called Port Jervis Points for Sandy Hook. Our administration and our athletic director decided along with the coaches, that this would be a great opportunity for us to show our support for the tragic events that happened at Sandy Hook," said Port Jervis High School Girls Basketball Coach Caitlyn Conklin.
"They're kids. They know what went on up in Newtown. So, it's something they're excited about it," said boys basketball coach Brian Rollman.
"I feel like we can inspire people to help out, because it's a really good feeling when you help out people. It shows that you're caring," said senior forward Kyla Manning.
Basketball fundraisers are more or less traditions at Port Jervis. Each year teams rally behind a cause they deem worthy. The families of the innocent young children massacred that fateful day six weeks ago - was an obvious choice.
"It actually scared me a lot cause you realize this can happen any day, at any school," said junior guard Sarah Kean.
"It was really upsetting, because I have a six year old brother. He goes to school. I'm just thinking what if that happened to him," said Manning.
The two "money games" set aside for the Port Jervis boys and girls varsity and junior varsity basketball teams are Monday January 28th versus Goshen for the boys - and Monday February 4th versus Fallsburg for the girls.
"Someone could say if you score 25 points I'll donate $10. So, if we score 50 points they'll donate $20," said Conklin.
"I'm sure a lot of us will try and make our baskets. We'll play harder. And hopefully, we'll be focused. We're going to try our hardest though," said Manning.
Something I'm sure the community of Newtown Connecticut will certainly appreciate.