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Hoops for Haiti planned at Granite Bay

Grizzlies, Vikings set to raise money for a good cause
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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The Granite Bay High School girls basketball team has been off to a strong start in league play this season, with a 3-1 record in the ultra-competitive SFL. But success on the floor is just one aspect of this squad's season focus. "I think when you have the opportunity to be a voice in a teenager's life, in the role of coach, it is important to use that platform not only for athletic development, but personal growth as well," said first year Granite Bay Coach Melissa Triebwasser. "We try and incorporate personal growth into basketball growth as much as possible in practices and games." With that in mind, the girl's basketball program will be hosting a 'Hoops for Haiti' fundraising night Friday, Jan. 29 when the Grizzlies host league rival Oakmont. Triebwasser was approached by junior Laura Preston, who was touched by the devastation she witnessed after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the small island nation, with the suggestion that the team donate their snack bar profits from a home game to a Haitian Charity. With the support from the coach and the administration at Granite Bay, a simple gesture is becoming an event that the school hopes will raise money and awareness for the crisis in Haiti. The program will be collecting funds through snack bar revenue, a 50-50 raffle, a donation jar, and more. "We are so fortunate here that it's easy to overlook what goes on in the rest of the world sometimes," Preston said. "But seeing images on TV and hearing about what they are having to deal with in Haiti, I wanted to try and do something to help. The administration has been really supportive, and we hope this will be a successful night of fund raising for a very worthy cause." The Grizzlies are inviting the local community to come out and support two solid basketball programs that both boast double-digit win totals on the season, and give what they can to help victims of the earthquake. With a recent aftershock of over 6.0, the work in that country has truly just begun. The evening will feature three games, with the freshmen tipping off at 4:30 p.m., the JV following at 6 p.m. and the varsity squads highlighting the event at 7:30 p.m.