Hoops for Haiti

Hoops for Haiti

Emily Vu

Clubs sponsor boys varsity basketball to raise money for Haiti


Despite a close loss to the Cupertino Pioneers on Feb. 12, the boys varsity basketball team won $1175 in donations for Haiti, placing the One Dollar For Life Haiti fundraiser that much closer to its $2600 goal.

Since clubs have been interested in helping Haiti, this event, which allowed any club to directly take part in raising relief fund, was a fundraising opportunity and publicity event. Clubs could sign up to pledge money for a particular player for the game and donate according to different situations.

The prices, set according to the estimated shooting averages of the team, were agreed on by Bull Spirit officers, a few students from ASB Leadership and a current player: $10 for a regular basket, $15 for every free throw, $25 for every three-pointer, and $50 for any dunk.

"We hope to make over [$1000] for this event, and it’s so great that no matter how things end up turning out, the clubs are willing to donate a certain amount of money," Bull Spirit president junior Lucia Lin said at the game.
Although only $420 was raised from the game itself, clubs’ kind donations raised the end amount to a total of $1082. Another $93 was donated by fans from the game, bringing the total to $1175.

"It was neat how this event added a whole new dimension to a basketball game. It got the student body involved and for a good cause," dean Michael Hicks said.

Senior Jonathan Huang raked in a total of $400 with $300 from MV Robotics and $100 from Amnesty International, and Octagon donated $300 for both senior Krish Rangarajan and Kevin Wu. Rangarajan had eight baskets and four free throws, which contributed greatly to the fundraising event.  Interact, Food For All, FBLA, IASA, Bull Spirit, Key Club, and One Step Ahead also sponsored players.
The final sum raised for One Dollar For Life is $3085.38, including the game.

"It wouldn’t matter if it was just $10 because that would be $10 that could make a difference. We have to look at things positively. It is not based upon the quantity that was raised, but the impact it made," Hicks said.