Posted on January 31, 2017 · Posted in Athletic News, Blog, General, News

The St. Laurence High School basketball team is excited to participate in the “Free Throws For Heroes” Charity Stripe Challenge.

The event is part of an initiative called “Troop Dreams,” which focuses on making dreams come true for military families who have not been able to experience many of the joys many take for granted due to deployment, injury, disability and/or financial hardship.

Members of the Viking basketball team, along with St. Laurence coaches and staff members, will collect pledges per free throws made out of 50 free throws. Participants will then shoot their free throws to determine the amount each sponsor will pay.

This free throw shoot-a-thon is part of an effort to raise funds for veteran Lon Hodge and his service dog, Gander. Lon and Gander travel across the country supporting veterans and their families that have been affected by suicide and PTSD. Unfortunately, Lon and Gander’s vehicle is in poor condition. The fundraising efforts, combined with the efforts of the boys basketball programs at Highland Park High School, Glenbrook North High School and Lake Forest High School, will help offset the cost of a used vehicle so that they can continue their efforts on behalf of veterans.

St. Laurence’s basketball game on Friday, February 3 will be designated as a “Troop Dreams” game, with donations to the cause being accepted at the door. St. Laurence Student Council will also hold a 50/50 raffle and “Half-Court Shot Challenge,” and sell mini American flags and “Troop Dreams” spirit towels throughout the game.

Please contact assistant basketball coach Jim Tracy at with any questions about the event or how to get involved.