NEW PALESTINE — The New Palestine boys basketball program is off to a great start — its freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams are a combined 11-3.
Equally as important to the Dragons is their community service mark. In that area, New Palestine put together a perfect effort Dec. 8 as part of the Dragons’ annual charitable project to give back to a Hancock County family in need.
The Dragons took 18 players, six trainers and managers and four coaches holiday shopping to fill the wish list of a family provided to them through the United Christmas Service.
New Palestine players and coaches expressed thanks to everyone who donated money for their trip. The Dragons reached their goal of $500, and they had an extra $235 that will be donated toward their Coaches vs. Cancer game.
New Palestine head coach Adam Barton said his wife, Julie, and daughter, Jordan, were instrumental in organizing the shopping trip and delivering the presents. Barton also thanked New Palestine Al Cooper for buying breakfast the morning of the trip, and to the Greenfield Wal-Mart for its $100 donation.
The Dragons’ Coaches vs. Cancer game is Saturday, Jan. 19. If anyone has ideas or would like to coordinate and manage the fundraising efforts for the Coaches vs. Cancer event, Barton would like to hear from them.
“It’s been a good few weeks and we have more good weeks to come — thank you for all of your help and support,” Barton said to all of the New Palestine supporters. “We will see you back in the gym (tonight).”
New Palestine hosts Beech Grove tonight.
Information provided by New Palestine Athletic Department.