An "I" in team

An "I" in team

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An "I" in team

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Independence High School community is proving there is an “I” in team. Tuesday night, the community held a fundraiser for junior guard Marcus Thomas. Thomas and his family lost practically all of their belongings in a house fire a week ago.

Marcus remembers the night he and his family faced a life threatening situation.

“It was scary but really at the same time, touching because we all came together as a family.”

Tuesday was also an opportunity for the Patriots basketball program to help Marcus and his family get their lives back to normal.

“When you are in trouble and you need help, there are people out there that are willing to do whatever it takes,” said Independence Basketball Coach Preston Davis. Davis saw the fundraiser as a chance to teach a group of young men that sports are just a small part of every day life. “As coaches we all want to win,” said Preston, ” when you see guys growing as young men and maturing, embrace their teammates in a time of need, that’ a great feeling. It’s winning off the court.”

Independence hopes to raise more than $5,000 to help the Thomas family recover from the fire. The community is still accepting both clothing and cash donations. You can help the cause by visiting www.gofundme.com/thomasfamilyfund .

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