Shooting over 36,000 free throws is hard work, but when it’s for a great cause, it’s not as hard to hoist the ball that many times. Norman-Spencer brought a team to Free Throws for Kids at Lakota West High School for the second year in a row and had an awesome time shooting basketballs to support kids and families.

Sports commentators often refer to the free throw line as the charity stripe, because it usually equates to free points for the team shooting. That’s a very fitting description for Free Throws for Kids, with teams and individual shooters competing to rack up the most points and raise the most money for patients and families at Cincinnati & Dayton Children’s Hospital.

Using the $150,000 raised by the participants in 2018’s event, Free Throws for Kids will surprise over 800 kids and families with care packages featuring comfort items, a journal and gift cards for fuel, food and the hospital cafeteria. The organization will also continue to donate $1,500 each month to the Ronald McDonald House to stock its salad bar as a healthy option for the families it supports.

Our team made 260 free throws on 500 shots, for a percentage of 52%. We may not have come in first, but we put up a great effort and helped kids in need. That’s a big win in our book.

See how you can support Free Throws for Kids or start a team of your own at Hope to see you on the court next year!

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