Local Basketball Team Remembers Sandy Hook Victims
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Green and white, the colors of Sandy Hook Elementary School, could be seen on kids today at Mountain Gap Middle School.
The school honored the victims of last week’s Connecticut shooting at an assembly today. Students were encouraged to wear green and white while members of the basketball teams wore green and white hairbows, shoelaces, and neckties.
The girl’s basketball team decided that they wanted to start dedicating their wins to those who lost their lives in the school shooting.
“A player approached me last weekend and said she wanted to do something in honor of those who were killed in the tragedy,” said Coach Kevin Drummond.
Drummond said the girls came up with the idea of wearing green bows and shoelaces, and pretty soon the whole school was on board.
“The art department even made signs to hang up that had the names of the victims listed so the kids could remember the lives lost,” said Drummond.
Seventh grader Ali Thomas came up with the idea and encouraged the school to wear green and white at today’s assembly.
“I just wanted to honor the kids that were killed and make sure they were remembered,” said Thomas.
Regular plays in the girl’s basketball playbook were thrown out, and instead, replaced with the names of the victims.
“We wanted to dedicate our games to the victims,” said Jane Havron, a basketball player.
“I think that everyone needs to start playing for these kids because they definitely deserve it and so do their families.”