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Sports - April 24, 2013

Woodside kids shoot hoops for hope

Thirty-two sixth-graders at Woodside Elementary School shot hundreds of basketball free-throws Friday afternoon, April 19, as part of a fundraiser for children in Africa who have lost their parents to AIDS.

The kids committed to shooting 500 free-throws in exchange for sponsorship dollars. A total of $3,500 was raised for the organization, Hoops for Hope, said parent organizer Michelle R. Warford.

The money will go to help build a health clinic in Moyo, Zambia, "where children are dying every day from AIDS and malaria," she said.

Ms. Warford collected these quotes from the Woodside kids:

"I hope the kids are happy for what we did for them," said Shadi Zakkak, the first to reach 500 free throws. Another sixth-grader, Sammy Vaea, felt sad about children who lost their parents, but "felt good because I know people are shooting hoops for them." Max Amini-Holmes said: "My arms will be sore tomorrow. But it will be worth it and it was fun."

Marilynn Welsh, a teacher of the school's Global Citizen elective class, said she was happy the class helped promote the Hoops of Hope event.

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