By Justin Schmidt, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
SHAWNEE MISSION, KS (KCTV) -
More than 80 basketball teams from the metro area signed up to help and play for victims of Superstorm Sandy.
"The look on the kids' faces was just one of being so disheartened. To let them know someone cares is why we decided to get this going," said Kristen Davis with Premiere Basketball, a youth basketball organization in Kansas City. "We wanted to reach out to a basketball team to help them carry on with their season. Obviously there's a lot of need not being taken care of after the storm."
"We called one high school in Staten Island, but they referred us to this other high school. They said these kids in New Dorp need it more," she said.
Davis said New Dorp High School is still standing, but many students' homes aren't. She said about half the students haven't reported back to school yet.
After the storm, the boys' basketball team had to shelve plans for new uniforms and they also couldn't afford travel costs for the season. But with the money raised on courts in Shawnee Mission, KS, New Dorp will play on.
"It just shows what can happen when people pull together to help people they don't even know," Davis said.
With 150 games - open to boy's and girl's teams grades three through eight - being played over the weekend tournament, she said none of it would have been possible without all the volunteers.
"A lot of people came out to support, they came to support Sandy and the people that lost a lot," volunteer referee Deijon Welchen said.
And the people who participated in the tournament showed empathy for those on the East Coast and said they were happy to get involved.
"It's disappointing, just thinking about if that happened to us, how bad and terrible it'd be," Isaac Desllover said.
Davis is personally flying to Staten Island, NY, to deliver the check to New Dorp High School on Tuesday.
Hoop and Help raised about $15,000 so far and is still accepting donations. Click here for more information about how you can help.
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