On March 15th a charity wheel chair basketball game was held in the North High School Gym. Seven dual enrolled Scott Community College/North High School students organized the game. The Marketing Class students were Alexia Mayes, Magan Anderson, Collin Guinn, Brandt Kiel, Ayaya McBunnette, Malaysia Bogan , and Cole Neese. The students contacted Bob Juarez of the QCA Adaptive Sports Alliance for the game. The students developed a business and marketing plan with the help of Mr. Juarez for the event. The students chose Brittany’s Gifts as their charity to receive the benefits of their work, and the other half went to raise awareness and funds for the QCA Adaptive Sports Alliance. Brittany’s Gifts is a 501c based for gift giving to the Handicapped Development Center in memory of Brittany Manders of North HS.
The students were able to have Mr. Andy Yohe of Bettendorf speak to the North HS students during the day game. Mr. Yohe spoke of his losing his legs as a high school student all through his winning a Bronze and 2 Gold Olympic Medals on the USA Sled Hockey Team. Mr. Yohe spoke about 20 things that he has learned from his life. Mr. Yohe also played in the basketball game. The day game pitted the Quad City Rolling Bandits against the staff, teachers, and students from North HS. The Quad City Rolling Bandits spotted the North Team 20 points. There was a steep learning curve for the “new” wheel chaired athletes. Short shots, bad ball control, failure to recognize the shooter, and a teacher falling out of his wheelchair all lead to their demise. The Quad City Rolling Bandits and the North Team tied 24-24.
For the evening game the students contacted MJROTC Cadet Corporal Kayla Masakowski to sing the National Anthem while the M JROTC Color Guard lead by MJROTC 1stSergeant Shaun Gerard presented the Stars and Stripes. Mrs. Breanna Petersen of Brittany’s Gifts and Mr. Bob Juarez of QCA Adaptive Sports Association spoke on behalf of their charities. The MJROTC Armed Exhibition Drill Team lead by MJROTC Cadet Sgt. Major Ethan Russel and the North HS Dance Team lead by captain Hannah Rohlf performed at half time of the games. The QCA Adaptive Sports Alliance played the Davenport Firefighters in the night opener. Even with a 20 point lead the Davenport Firefighters found firsthand how hard playing basketball from a wheelchair can be. The Quad City Rolling Bandits defeated the Davenport Firefighters 44-38.
The marketing students secured area businesses for donations and contributions for the event. Sponsors: ABC Medical, Dahl Ford, Davenport Fire Fighter Local 17, Fareway Stores, Casey’s General Store, Checkers Drive-In, Coloplast, Dairy Queen, Subway, Chick-fil-A, AAAA Driving School, S& V Toys, Moments with Class, Mr. Juarez and Family, Mrs. Vicky Arp, Mrs. Christian, Ms. Melissa Heneghan, Mrs. Julie McFarland, Mr. Mayes and Family, North HS Art Department, North HS Athletic Booster Club, and Pro Tournament League, Wetzel Pretzel, and Zimmerman Honda.
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