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Croton-Harmon HS Teams Host Hoops for Heroes Fundraiser

Croton-Harmon High School Boys Varsity Basketball Head Coach Bill Thom encouraged his team to play strong defense against a formidable Peekskill squad. Photo Credit: Contributed
Croton-Harmon High School sophomore Lucas Curran sinks a free throw shot for the Tigers. Photo Credit: Contributed
Attendees at Croton-Harmon High School’s Jan. 30 Hoops for Heroes event stood in recognition of active and retired military personnel as the Color Guard and bagpipe players opened the evening. Photo Credit: Contributed
Barry Fixler. who served in the Marines. spoke about his book “Semper Cool,” which details his service during the Vietnam War. To his right are Croton-Harmon High School alumnus Julian Bonilla and Boys Varsity basketball coach Bill Thom. Photo Credit: Contributed

CROTON-On-HUDSON – Croton-Harmon High School’s boys basketball teams honored members of the U.S. military with their first Hoops for Heroes fundraiser games on Jan. 30.

The teams dedicated home games versus Peekskill to local residents in the Armed Forces, as well as local veterans.

Local military members were recognized throughout the evening.

Julian Bonilla, a CHHS alumnus and three-year varsity basketball player who joined the Army, cheered his team from the stands as the Tigers’ honorary captain of the evening. Bonilla spent three years with the Army including a tour in Afghanistan from March to November 2014.  

The teams’ efforts raised more than $2,000 toward the Barry Fixler Foundation and Hope for the Warriors.

Bill Thom, varsity head coach, said the fundraiser was inspired by a family friend and U.S. Navy Seal who faced medical bills after being wounded in combat.  

“We are honoring active service military, retired military and trying to raise some money for disable veterans,” Thom said.

Superintendent of Schools Edward Fuhrman expressed his support for the event.

“To have [the veterans] in our presence and be able to show them how much we appreciate how much they have given to protect us and make sure we have the lives and freedoms we enjoy here, we just can’t say enough ‘thank yous,’” he said.

View a video about Hoops for Heroes on Croton-Harmon Schools’ website, click here

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