Photos by Kathy Guest
By Bob Labbe
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) March Madness 3-on-3 Tournament Fundraiser was indeed a “Dynamite” day of fellowship between the students and faculty of Bob Jones High.
The one-day fundraiser for 305 8th Street Group Home, featured 10 teams battling excitement and fatigue with the winning team facing a team comprised of school faculty. The winning team was “Dynamite” and it recruited players from the other teams in its game facing the team faculty, which the faculty won. The students have already requested a rematch.
“It was awesome to see a lot of our peers and our faculty to come out and help support a great cause and have a good time,” said Jo Jo Alindogan, Bob Jones senior and team captain. “The FCA Competitor’s Creed includes ‘The result of my efforts must result in God’s glory’. This reminder helped me in the tournament.”
More than $1,500 was raised for the group home for adults, which suffered a heavy damaging fire six months ago. The incident displaced many residents and the money raised will go to the renovations now underway at the site located in Huntsville.
“It was so much fun that the residents of the group home were able to help cheer and referee,” said Taylor Dahlgren, Bob Jones senior and event organizer. “It was awesome to see the students and teachers come out and use their talents to help support the FCA effort.”
“Dynamite”, tournament winner, was comprised of seniors Darian Madkins, Michael Heilman, Michael Lockett, Dez Dennis, Tadj Underwood and team captain Alindogan. The team was awarded FCA backpacks, donated by Scott Tarver from the Huntsville Lifeway Christian Store, a cookie cake and the chance to face the adults in the showcase contest.
Bob Jones boy’s head basketball coach, Danny Petty, said, “It was a pleasure to participate for such a good cause as we had a good turnout and the students really enjoyed it. The faculty still rules. I’m just glad no one got hurt.”
Tim Mayer, girl’s assistant basketball coach at Bob Jones, added, “It’s always a great experience when we, as teachers, get to interact with students outside of school in a positive, fun way.”
Boy’s basketball assistant coach and former Bob Jones player Desmond Jackson was overly impressed with the effort the students put forth into helping a local charity. He added, “To see kids getting together to help others in need is a great thing and to be asked to participate was a privilege. I loved every minute of it.”
Two-sport athlete Nick Beavers was game announcer for the event of 3-on-3 basketball and he, too, was happy to be a part of the event, though not in a role of an athlete. “It was great seeing everyone come together and support the FCA’s efforts. It created a fun, energetic atmosphere.”
Many of the residents of the 305 8th Street Group Home were on hand in supporting capacities as score keepers and referees. Each participating team had to make a minimum donation to enter the tournament held at Bob Jones High. Donations were also requested for those attending the game as spectators.
A good time was had by all, and Bob Jones junior, Spencer Smith, said it best when he stated, “The whole thing was a great way to bring our school together for a purpose greater then ourselves.”