Prairie City senior Dorran Wilson combined his love of basketball and his grandmother for his senior project.
Wilson organized an alumni basketball game, which was played Dec. 29 over Christmas break.
The price of admission and donations from a spaghetti feed, coordinated by Pam Woodworth, will benefit Blue Mountain Hospital’s cancer funds.
“The intent was to help reduce travel costs for patients when they go for chemotherapy and radiation treatments,” Wilson said. “I was inspired by my grandmother who was diagnosed with breast cancer in July.”
Wilson said he was assured by hospital officials that the $1,126 in proceeds will go toward the intended use, for gas cards, hotels and meals.
The Prairie City Panther boys went head to head against a team of 12 alumni players ranging in age from about 19 to 50.
The Panthers, coached by Sam Workman, came out on top 70-60 against the alumni, coached by Sam’s father, longtime and now-retired basketball coach Mike Workman.
“It was fun watching the old guys play. We gave them the gray jerseys to match their hair,” Wilson quipped.
He said the alumni game was fun and the first one they’ve had in three years.
“I hope that future students put on alumni basketball games, even if it’s not for any fundraiser,” he said.
Wilson said he plans to pursue his dream of playing college basketball and a degree in construction management and engineering.