By Ryan Schleicher – Sun Newspapers
Last Friday, on a bitterly cold night, fans packed in and displayed their warm hearts by donating canned food goods to charity while receiving a discount on admission to Fridley’s gymnasium to witness a double-header of high school basketball.
The event, designed to help those in need, focused on an incentive to bring people into the gymnasium and donate food for those who need it in the process. Coordinated by National Honor Society and the Backcourt Club, the night turned out to be a major success. Individuals were awarded a dollar off the price of admission per food item brought, meaning that an adult, whose ticket is $6, could have brought six food items and received free admission to the event.
Backcourt Club is an organization run by parents and supporters of boys and girls basketball at Fridley High School, designed to create events, drives, and anything else that can further the evolution of basketball in their school. The club assists in providing resources necessary for the teams to be able to compete as necessary. This group, in conjunction with the National Honor Society of Fridley High School, sponsored the food drive.
National Honor Society President Drew Bergman is happy to be helping in the community. “Today is our day off from school, but here we are,” said Bergman.
“Having the opportunity to help out and gain some exposure for the National Honor Society is so important; not only does it make us feel good by helping out the community but anything I can do to increase our exposure in the community can’t hurt,” Bergman said.
One thing noted as well is how extraordinary it is that such a diverse group of students can come together for a common cause. National Honor Society is a tough group to get into, superior students in the community. Before students can be considered, they must meet a GPA requirement, they must be involved with numerous school activities, and they must have so many volunteer hours in the community. To generate the players of both the teams to get involved in the donation raising, an competition was started between the girls and boys varsity teams with whoever accumulates more food during the event being classified as the winner and will be treated to a pizza party.
This food drive is a great representation of the success that can happen when athletics, education and passion all collide. All of the food raised at this event will be donated to the Southern Anoka County Assistance food shelf for families in need to have during the holidays.
Oh — there were two conference basketball games played as well. Fridley girls began the evening against undefeated North Branch. North Branch remained undefeated at the end, handing Fridley a 62-40 loss bringing Fridley’s record to 1-7-0.
The second game saw the Fridley boys (3-2-0; 1-0) seek out revenge, as they came out on fire, high paced, and motivated to make a statement. The boys won their matchup 79-70 to take share in the lead in the North Suburban Conference.