Basketball Club is one of the 29 clubs at CHS, but what helps it stand out is its large following and its hands-on approach to fundraising. Mark Bachir, the president of Basketball Club, and Alec Landau, the vice president, used the club’s prominent platform at CHS to shine a light on the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation through a Charity Basketball Tournament. The combination of fundraising and basketball inspired more students to participate and the club managed to raise over $400. The seamless organization meant that the members didn’t get a chance to see backstage. Through the coordination of the event, Mark and Alec shared how much time and dedication was required in reserving the location to hold the game, ensuring everyone’s safety and taking appropriate Covid-19 precautions.
Organizing these events can help in the development of leadership, time management, and interpersonal skills. Mark and Alec felt that projects such as these require patience and an understanding of the issues facing your community. Seeing the members work together and the amount of people who attended to raise funds inspired Mark and Alec to begin the initial stages of organizing another charity event for November to bring attention to a local food drive. They said it felt very rewarding to see so many people come and participate. These charity events highlight the fact that the Basketball Club is meant to be fun and inclusive. Basketball is a team sport and it aims to allow CHS students the opportunity to connect with each other and their community while creating an outlet for stress for many students. Many of us at CHS are pursuing a career in healthcare and volunteering or donating at events such as these can supplement our education to give us a better worldview. We hope that this post inspires you to check out Basketball Club and check out their future events!