Ballers vs. Scholars returns

Watching student athletes play basketball can be thrilling, especially in Indiana. But, watching teachers versus student athletes might be downright hilarious.

On Feb. 7, teachers and student athletes hope to entertain the crowd while raising money for and increasing awareness of two good causes. One team will represent the American Heart Association, and one group will represent the American Diabetes Association as they go head-to-head during PowerHour.

Junior Preston Marunde, a Service Learning student, had the idea of helping the American Diabetes Association. The project originally started off as a coin race to vote for the teachers who would compete in the Ballers vs. Scholars students vs staff basketball game. But, Student Council already had a Pennies for Patients coin race planned, so the Service Learning class changed its plan.

Mrs. Meghan Ferguson, Service Learning teacher, said. “The second year students really enjoyed it last year, and students and teachers were asking if we were doing it again this year. Students had a lot of fun last year, so the class decided to do it again.”

At the Ballers vs Scholars game, students should wear blue, and any faculty or staff member who wants to cheer for the student team should wear blue. Blue represents the American Diabetes Association. Faculty and staff members who are supporting the faculty and staff team should wear red, and if students choose to cheer for faculty and staff, they can wear red, too. Red represents the American Heart Association.

“This year the students should expect to see the greatest competition of all time,” Mrs. Ferguson said. “Hopefully, we will see a lot of red and blue for the American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association. One student wanted to do a project for the American Heart Association and another student wanted to do a project for the American Diabetes Association, so we combined the ideas.”

The GHS Service Learning class actually hopes this event will enable them to assist Center Grove with a fundraiser called Hoops for Haskins. GHS will host a hat day and promote a GoFundMe page to help the family of a Southport basketball player killed in a car accidnt.

On Feb. 5, students can pay a dollar to wear a hat. All of the money goes to Hoops for Haskins and the American Diabetes Association. Then, a Service Learning representative will talk about the Hoops for Haskins GoFundMe page during half-time of the Ballers vs. Scholars game. The page is accepting donations through Feb. 8.

Hoops for Haskins is something we’re helping with on Tuesday, Feb. 5,” Mrs. Ferguson said. “There will be a hat day during the day, and students have to pay a dollar to wear a hat. That night we will be taking donations for the Hoops for Haskins fundraiser at the boys basketball games. Hoops for Haskins is a fundraising campaign started by a senior in Center Grove. He was really inspired to help the family of the Southport football player who was killed.”

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