Students at Beaverton High School hosted their annual Jam the Dam event, a rivalry basketball game, as a part of their Week of Wishes fundraising week. The event, which took place the week of February 10-14, 2014, raised $15,000 to grant the wishes of local children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Beaverton High School has supported Make-A-Wish® Oregon for the past 15 years, and in that time has donated a total of $115,000 to local wishes. BHS developed their Week of Wishes program for their Sports and Event Marketing class as a part of Make-A-Wish Oregon's Kids For Wish Kids® program, integrating it into their yearly curriculum. The students learn all aspects about hosting and managing a successful sporting event with an added motivation of fundraising for a local cause. The fundraising events that take place during Week of Wishes are completely student-run, with direction from teacher Kathryn Robinson.
This years' Jam the Dam was on Friday, February 14th. The Beaverton High School men's varsity basketball team took on Westview High School and many local community member attended to support BHS and Make-A-Wish®. Wish Kid Cole Hexum from Portland, whose wish to go to Disneyland® Resort was granted last spring, attended the game as a special VIP, where he and little brother Cade high-fived the starting line-up as they were announced on the court. The student section showed their support by holding signs that spelled out “Team Cole”.
Thank you Beaverton High School for continuing to make local wishes come true!
To learn more about the Kids For Wish Kids fundraising program and how your school can get involved, contact Catherine Spellman, Events Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Photos courtesy of Kelsey Elise Photography)