Mount Olive High School girls’ basketball team holds successful Free-Throw-A-Thon

By Steve Sears

On January 17, the Mount Olive High School Marauders girls’ basketball team raised over $4,000 with their second annual Free-Throw-A-Thon.

Ian Redmond, first-year head coach of the Marauders, said, “It is a great fundraiser because it allows for a fun practice, practicing our free throws, and raising money for the program.”

In total, $4,477 was raised among the 18-player team, with four players raising over $300 each. Each player and coach received pledges from family, friends, and teachers. 

Last year’s first ever Free-Throw-A-Thon raised over $5,000.

Redmond explained the process. “Everyone shot 100 free throws to raise money for our banquet, senior scholarships, and a donation. Our program philosophy is to create an environment that encourages the development of hard-working, responsible, and empathic athletes that will positively impact their communities. We raised money for the Carol W. and Julius A. Rippel Breast Center at Morristown Medical Center on our Pink Out Game, but we wanted to do more for this local hospital. We donated 10% donation of our basketball donations to the same organization.”

$540 dollars was donated to the Carol W. and Julius A. Rippel Breast Center at Morristown Medical Center. The team will be having its banquet at the Grove located at the Randolph Diner, and tickets were initially $41 dollars per family member, but through the successful Free-Throw-A-Thon, ticket prices have been reduced to $20 per person. 

“Also, we give senior scholarships to every senior in the program,” Redmond said. “Players earn $100 for each year of playing, so they can receive a $400 scholarship. The booster club also paid for our holiday party which was held on December 21, and they paid for the Pink Out Shirts that players wore on our Pink Out Game on January 11.”

As a thank you, the coaching staff organized a surprise ice cream party following the Free-Throw-A-Thon. 

The Marauders have had a tough season record-wise, but Redmond said, “We have played a lot of good teams, and we have faced a lot of challenges. We will continue to work on the team, so a winning record will come in time. Developing a culture and a work ethic is challenging as well. This season we took strides in reaching our goal, and we will continue to do so. In my opinion, if my players can walk away as better individuals who look to help others, we are doing well. It should be the largest takeaway for high school sports.”

 

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