Portage hosts fundraiser for heart disease

PORTAGE – The boys basketball team is hoping to not only defeat Claysburg-Kimmel at home tonight but also score a victory over heart disease.

Members of the Portage Area School District’s Students Against Destructive Decisions club partnered with the basketball team to host the school’s “Shoot Out Heart Disease,” said Brian Randall, assistant boys basketball coach and SADD adviser.

The community is invited to wear red and purchase event T-shirts at the game. A portion of the proceeds from the T-shirt sale and all proceeds from the halfcourt shootout competition will benefit the American Heart Association, Randall said.

“They decided that this would be something positive they could do,” Randall said of the SADD students.

Cody Randall, vice president of SADD and Brian Randall’s younger brother, said the club has been looking for ways to raise money for the American Heart Association, which “approached us and as a group, we thought it was a good idea,” Cody Randall said.

Purchasing a T-shirt at the event also gives spectators a discount at the door.

“If you buy the shirt, you get in for free,” Cody Randall said.

SADD members are active in the community in volunteer work and raising awareness of drug and alcohol issues, said Alli Kissell, SADD secretary and a Portage freshman.

The club has hosted SADD club nights at the school and worked to spread awareness of drunken driving by posting “Don’t drink and drive” signs throughout town, she said.

Partnering with the American Heart Association to raise funds to help fight heart disease was a natural choice for the club, Kissell said.

“A lot of people tend to go to the basketball games, so we figured it would be a good idea to get not only the students involved, but the community as well,” she said.

Students said they hope to see the gym “filled with red” in support when the game tips off at 7:15 p.m.

Mirror Staff Writer Zach Geiger is at 946-7535.