Swanville girls basketball raises $4,000 for classmate

On Feb. 21, the Swanville girls basketball team sponsored the “Jumpshots for Jared” fundraiser during its game against St. John’s Prep. The fundraiser was held to raise money for a young cancer victim, fourth-grader Jared Leyendecker.

On Feb. 21, the Swanville girls basketball team sponsored the “Jumpshots for Jared” fundraiser during its game against St. John’s Prep. The fundraiser was held to raise money for a young cancer victim, fourth-grader Jared Leyendecker.

The Swanville High School gymnasium was a sea of gold the night of Feb. 21, as the Swanville girls basketball team sponsored the “Jumpshots for Jared” fundraiser.

Jared Leyendecker, a Swanville fourth-grader, was diagnosed with Ewings cancer in his right foot. On Jan. 28, to prevent the spread of the cancer, doctors removed his foot.

The Lady Bulldogs sold gold T-shirts in the Swanville area to raise money to help Leyendecker’s family. They also pledged $1 for every point scored by the junior varsity and varsity teams in their games against the St. John’s Prep team.

Several area residents also pledged $1 per point to be donated to the Leyendecker family. Coaches and players from St. John’s joined in purchasing T-shirts as well, so both teams were clad in gold during warm-up drills.

Through their efforts, the members of the Swanville girls basketball program were able to raise and donate about $4,000.

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