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CHHS FBLA raises funds with ‘Hoops for the Hungry’

When the Charles Henderson High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) were picking a fundraiser for the Salvation Army, it wasn’t difficult to figure out a theme for the event.

“The club spent weeks trying to find ways to help the local community in any way possible, then came up with the idea of a basketball tournament,” said senior member Lawson Scarbrough. “Basketball has been huge at Charles Henderson this year. The Lady Trojans brought home the 5A State Title, and the boys team made a run in the regional tournament.”

That gave the club the idea of doing a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to raise food for the Salvation Army. To enter the tournament, each team had to bring nine items, and to watch, students could bring either one can of food or $1.

The purpose of the fundraiser, held Wednesday, March 14, was to help raise non-perishable food items for the Salvation Army food bank. 

“Our goal was to raise at least 500 food items, and we ended up with just over 500,” Scarbrough said. “Our project manager, Zack Jones and co- manager, Quay Rodgers planned everything from the scorekeepers to the trophies for the winning team. Without them, the fundraiser wouldn’t have been possible.

“We believe that the purpose of the tournament was more than just playing basketball, it’s all about doing the right thing and helping others. Mrs. (Jennifer) Sanders (FBLA adviser) teaches us to put others before ourselves, and strive to help Troy be a better place every day. That’s why the FBLA program at CHHS is second to none.”