Hoops for Hope

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Students wore orange t-shirts in honor of Larsen's love for the University of Texas.

Collaboration is color blind, and for two cross-town basketball games neither green nor red prevailed.

William Fremd and Palatine High Schools teamed up to raise awareness of Cystic Fibrosis through an event called Hoops for Hope on Jan. 27. Students and staff from both schools purchased orange t-shirts to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

“I think this event really serves as a testament to the strength of our community,” said Melissa Poczatek, Student Council president at Palatine High School.

The event was created in the memory of Brian Larsen, a Fremd High School student and Palatine native who passed away on Nov. 21, 2011, from Cystic Fibrosis after his sister died from the disease in 2007. Both fans and players wore orange Hoops for Hope t-shirts to show support and honor the family during the girls’ PHS vs. FHS basketball game at Fremd High School and the boys’ FHS vs. PHS basketball game at Palatine High School. Although the two rival schools were competing against each other on the basketball court, the color orange united them because of Brian’s fondness for the University of Texas.

“It has been a wonderful experience for our student council kids to take a terrific idea and bring it full circle,” said Brigid Tileston, Fremd High School English teacher and Student Council Adviser. “We had the opportunity to meet Brian’s mom, and our students were able to see the positive impact that their efforts made in the lives of one family, as well as the greater Palatine community.”

For more information, visit the to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation website.