Students Raise Funds For Charity

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Last month, North Shore High School sophomores Jagger Gillman and Ethan Bradford raised more than $4,000 at the 2nd annual “Hoops for Harrison” basketball charity event to help find a cure for Crohn’s disease and colitis, donating 100 percent of the proceeds to Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).
The boys organized 20 of their friends from NSHS to volunteer and run stations at the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center in East Hills, where a total of 70 participants (kids ages 8 to 14) attended the clinic to hone their basketball skills. The two cousins were inspired after the success of last year’s event to organize the second one this year, and plan on doing it again next year. Since Gillman’s younger brother, Harrison, suffers from Crohn’s disease, the two have been motivated to do as much as they can to raise money for research as well as awareness about the disease.
This year, NSHS girls varsity coach Keith Freund attended the event as a guest coach, and the boys’ hard work and dedication to community service prompted a visit from Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine, who came by to present the boys with a citation for their extraordinary accomplishments.
“We are very fortunate to live in a community that is so supportive and encourages kids to think outside the box,” said Rachel Gillman, mother of Jagger and Harrison.
“This was an awesome experience, demonstrating how powerful kids helping kids can be,” said Sharyn Bradford, Ethan’s mom.

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