As of Monday, October 21, 2013
A basketball match-up be-tween area armed forces recruiters and Sunnyside High School leadership stu-dents is being planned to benefit a national injured military servicemen and women’s program.
The athletic–based fund-raiser is planned as a prelude to honoring area veterans, according to event organizer Anthony Chavez.
The Wednesday, Oct. 30, fundraiser will see a team of high school students face off against the local recruiters at 7 p.m. The game will be staged at the SHS gym. Ad-mission is $2 per person.
Chavez said all proceeds from next Wednesday’s event will benefit the Wounded Warriors project.
“We’ve contacted the lo-cal armed service recruiters, who visit our school, and all but one agreed to have rep-resentatives participate in the basketball game,” Chavez explained.
Chavez, who says he is interested in joining the mili-tary following graduation, learned of the Wounded Warriors project from the high school janitor.
When his leadership class instructor, Tina Peabody, asked the students if any of them wanted to do a project to promote the Wounded Warriors, Chavez spoke up.
He explained that the Wounded Warriors program provides aid to injured ser-vice members by working to help them make the transi-tion from the battlefield into life as a civilian. The pro-gram is designed to aid service personnel in obtain-ing therapy, counseling, special equipment and addi-tional help for the support of their families.
In addition to hosting the basketball game, the SHS leadership class members will auction off a quilted American flag wall-hanging during the game.
Chavez said there will be a number of raffles also of-fered to boost the fundraising benefits.
Additional donations will also be accepted at the door on the night of the event.