There were a noticeably large number of purple shirts in the crowd during the Clintonville High School (CHS) basketball games against New London on Dec. 28.
Purple is not the school color for either of the schools playing on the court.
The Clintonville student body was not only cheering on their team, but cheering on a classmate. The purple shirts were sold by the CHS student council as a benefit for one of their fellow students, Emily Lorge. Emily was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and is currently undergoing medical treatments for her illness.
The student council initially raised $1,000 in profits on the shirt sales, which was presented to Emily by the CHS student council between the varsity girls’ and varsity boys’ basketball games in the form of a VISA gift card. All surplus shirts were completely sold out during the basketball games, with the remaining profit to be presented to the Lorge family in the near future. In addition to purple in the stands, Clintonville athletes also wore the purple shirts during team warm-ups before each game and the coaching staffs also wore the shirts to show their support for Emily.
“The kids wanted to somehow help Emily out. We typically do penny wars and things of the sort each year that are donated to the Leukemia Lymphoma society. Those philanthropy efforts are usually met with poor support. This time, we had one of our own to raise funds for, and it was a far more successful drive,” said CHS Student Council Advisor Kevin Reese.
“To be quite honest, this benefit was thrown together in a matter of days, with our winter break quickly approaching. The original intent was to have the student section, pep band and athletes buying and wearing the shirts; however, word spread and we were able to raise much more money than we ever dreamed. We really didn’t intend for this fundraiser to be so big, and if we would have, we certainly would have allowed more time and released more information to sources outside of our high school building,” commented Reese. “The student council kids have been very impressed by the community support that our benefit received and we hope that the money we raised will help out a family in need this holiday season.”