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New Palestine H.S. hosting “Brody Strong” night at Friday’s basketball games

The Brody Strong Fund

CSCSHC, New Palestine High School Athletics, and the NPHS basketball program will be honoring Brody Stephens’ memory during Friday night's basketball games against Greenfield-Central.

Fans are encouraged to wear orange to the games and to donate to the “Brody Strong” fund. Brody’s family will be recognized during the game, as well.

The “Brody Strong Fund” has been established in Brody’s memory through the Hancock County Community Foundation. The fund will assist Southern Hancock elementary families in need with the cost of uniforms, equipment and fees, so all can participate in sports.

Friday’s game will feature a number of other opportunities to help. Girl Scout Troop 874 will host a lemonade stand at the game to support Riley Hospital for Children. The troop will also accept new boxes of Legos to donate to Riley in Brody’s memory. Pre-packaged snacks will also be accepted at the game, which will also be donated to Riley Hospital.

In addition, Hometown Apparel has created Brody Strong T-shirts and sweatshirts, which can be pre-ordered or purchased at the game. Pre-ordered shirts may be through the NPHS athletic office, with short-sleeve T-shirts $15, $20 for long-sleeve T-shirts or $30 for hoodies, with sizes available from YS-XL, and an additional $2 per size up to 5XL. List apparel and sizes desired. Pre-orders must be placed by 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Brody was a student at Sugar Creek Elementary School who bravely fought leukemia. He was a standout basketball player and sports fan. His passion for sports, and his competitive spirit that drove him to continually practice his basketball skills, was an inspiration to many. He touched many lives, from his doctors to family and friends to NFL, NBA and college athletes. Brody’s encouraged other children battling cancer “to fight.” His favorite sayings were “Never Give Up: We Got This,” and “Fight: It’s What We Do.”

Friday’s action begins at 6 p.m. with the New Palestine and Greenfield-Central girls basketball teams tipping off at NPHS. The New Palestine and Greenfield-Central boys teams will meet at 7:30 p.m.

Donate to the Brody Strong fund:

  • In-person at Friday’s game
  • By check to the Hancock County Community Foundation, 312 E. Main Street, Greenfield, IN, 46140 (put “Brody Strong” in the memo line)
  • Online via the HCCF at this link. (Choose the Brody Strong Fund in the drop-down menu)

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