PLYMOUTH — Triton and Plymouth high schools will be taking donations to help raise funds for the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s “Hoosiers for Henryville — An Opportunity to Rebuild Henryville Athletics” at the two schools’ Class 3A and Class A boys basketball regionals Saturday.
In light of the recent storm devastation that has beset parts of southern Indiana, the project is a philanthropic effort in partnership with Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications and the IHSAA’s own 18-member Student Advisory Committee to assist those victims by rebuilding the high school’s athletic department.
Oftentimes, athletics can serve as a release or provide a sense of normalcy for the communities affected. To that end, the IHSAA will use the remaining games of the boys state basketball tournament as a way to raise funds.
“The Indiana High School Athletic Association is humbled to assist our valued member Henryville High School in their time of need,” said IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox. “We believe that high school athletics is part of the fabric that bonds communities together, and by assisting the Henryville athletic department in a financial sense, we hope to accelerate the healing process for both the school and the community. I am confident that Hoosiers across our state will once again face adversity and soundly defeat it through their generosity and resilience.”
At the Plymouth Regional, the PHS baseball team and PHS Class Officers will help collect funds for the project prior to games one and two between Mishawaka Marian and Gary Wallace and Andrean and Western.
Collections will also be taken at the Class A Triton Regional as Triton takes on Kouts following the morning game between Fort Wayne Canterbury and Pioneer.
The opening games at both regionals are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. with the second games to follow at 12:30 p.m.
The IHSAA is asking all individuals for their financial support at the upcoming boys basketball regional, semi-state and state championship games.
“I have alerted the host sites at our regional and semi-state sites to ‘pass the bucket’ in an effort to help rebuild the Henryville athletic department,” said Cox. “We also will activate our Student Advisory Committee at the boys’ basketball state finals to collect donations.”
Additionally, the IHSAA has set up an online donation link at IHSAA.org for individuals to contribute. At the conclusion of the 102nd IHSAA Boys Basketball Tournament later this month, all the funds collected will be directly wired to the Henryville athletic department.
Located in Clark County about 20 miles north of Louisville, Ky., Henryville is a town of about 1,900 people with a high school of approximately 370 students. School athletic teams are nicknamed the “Hornets” with official colors of black and gold.