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Giving thanks and giving back

The Holiday Hoopsgiving at Holy Innocents’ features 39 basketball games in three gyms as a part of Play for Orange. This year, a portion of the tournament’s proceeds will go to a low-income family of a child suffering from leukemia.

“Play for Orange was started to give high school athletes a platform to give back to children who may not have the same opportunity they have due to being diagnosed with a condition such as leukemia, with the color orange being for childhood leukemia,” said tournament director Christopher Williams.

Follow the tournament on twitter at @HHoopsgiving.

What they're thankful for

We caught up with a handful of players at the Craig Sager Memorial Tournament and asked them to talk about things for which they are thankful.


"Off the court, my family. They always support me in anything I do. I’m really lucky to have them, so definitely my teammates and my family."



"I’d say cross country. It changed a lot of my habits, like I eat healthy, it just kept me healthy as a person and I developed lots of good friends through that."

"I’d say my psychology teacher, Mr. Shelton. Just the way he taught me, he taught me life lessons and stuff. He’s been a real mentor to me."



"I’m thankful for my friends and family, of course. Especially my parents, because they’ve always been there and provided for me, just showed me the best path I need to take in life."

"I’m thankful for my teammates. They’ve always got your back. It’s just a brotherhood and that’s one thing I’m really thankful for."



"Definitely my family. They drive me everywhere. Since I was little, they’ve helped me get to where I am now. They’re really important to me. My dad taught me how to shoot. That’s kind of been a big help."


"I’m thankful for my family. I’m thankful for my teammates, my friends. I’m just thankful to be able to play the sport of basketball, because it’s opened up a lot of doors for me."

On Thanksgiving: "Food. Definitely good food. My family is from the country so that’s all they do is cook. They have all these different recipes, so it’s fun to come there and see what everybody brings. My mom cooks the turkey every year."



On Thanksgiving: "Honestly it’s seeing my family and friends I haven’t been able to see due to sports. I look forward to that, the prayer, the food, the smells. It’s a good time."

Milestone win: Harrison boys coach Clay Crump collected his 200th career win Monday with a 55-51 win over Walnut Grove in the Craig Sager Memorial Tournament at Dacula. The Hoyas (2-1) earned a spot in the Paisley Bracket Final, where they fell 65-63 to South Gwinnett.

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