STUDENTS at Heanor Gate Science College have raised more than £1,500 by shooting basketball for 24 hours to help an ex-pupil travel to Brazil and work with street children.
Former under-18 England basketball player Mikey Manghum, who now studies at a university in Oklaholma, wrote to Jan Bradshaw, his former head of year, and asked if the school could help him raise money to go on a mission to Sao Paulo in the summer and help build a basketball court there.
The shootathon ran from 8am on Friday to 8am on Saturday. Mikey’s brother Remy and Mark Ozenbrook, the school’s sports co-ordinator, also toured local primary schools all day. Mikey’s former team, the Derby Trailblazers, also played from 6pm to 9pm all to boost funds. Mrs Bradshaw said: “The Trailblazers were amazing and showed us how it’s really done! After 9pm the hardcore of 50 students from years 10 to 13 settled in to work on through the night! The idea seemed great but at 4am on Saturday morning, with four hours still to go, it didn’t seem such a good idea! We made it though, and I think it helped to make us all realise just what the street children have to put up with every day of their lives.”
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