After the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, one local high school found a way to help those most affected by the massacre.
The Nanuet girls basketball team joined the “Threes for Sandy Hook” fundraiser, a charitable program started by Newtown High School just two days after the shootings.
Golden Knights coach Carlos Fidalgo said the team’s former coach, Derek Amalbert, originally turned them on to the idea.
“There are people out there that are needing others to help them, and to be able to contribute a little bit makes us feel really good,” Fidalgo said.
Through family contributions, fans, and a corporate sponsor, the Golden Knights were able to raise more than $1,100 for the families of Sandy Hook victims.
Nanuet, one of only two New York schools participating in the fundraiser, will be honored at the “Threes for Sandy Hook” Benefit Game along with 11 other schools.
The game will match Newtown and Saddle River on Sunday at Ramapo College of New Jersey at noon.
Following an overtime loss to Pelham in the Section 1 Class A quarterfinals on Tuesday, Fidalgo said that fundraiser helped provide perspective for the heartbroken team.
“We didn’t talk about that tonight, but we will in the coming days,” he said after the game. “If losing a basketball game is the worst thing that happens to you in life, then you’ve lived a great, great life.”