Delhi Secondary supports Zayne

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The Delhi Raider basketball teams will be playing for far more than victories on Feb. 5.

That day, both senior and junior boys clubs will take on the visiting Valley Heights Bears in a contest where the score won’t matter nearly as much as the occasion itself.

Students will be able to buy a ticket to the festivities for $2 and members of the public can watch with a donation – all funding will go to the family of Zayne Braun.

Braun is a 3-year-old from Delhi who is currently undergoing treatment for retinoblastoma, a type of cancer that often affects young children and develops from the immature cells of a retina.

“The seniors wanted to have a buyout to get some school spirit and have the school enjoy a basketball game at the start of the semester to kind of get things rolling,” said Dave Leatherland, coach of the DDSS junior team. “We also thought this would be a great opportunity to coordinate a basketball event for a local family and our local community.”

The senior contest will tip-off at 12:45 p.m. with the junior game to follow at around 2:15 p.m.
Leatherland called the chance to gather as a school, support the Raiders and a local family was a “no-brainer”.

“Athletics has always been a priority with many of the people in our community at this school,” he began. “We haven’t had a buyout with any sport for a couple years so it was a chance to have a basketball buyout and have our students celebrate extra-curriculars.”

The community has rallied around the Braun family in recent months, a concert featuring DDSS grad Danielle Ward – winner of Norfolk Has Talent 2017 – will take place at the La Salette Community Church Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and are available at Dave’s Variety in Delhi.

Like the basketball event, all proceeds will go to the Brauns.

“Whenever you hear of a young person in our community, we all – whether it’s a teenager in this building or an adult in this building, we’re all behind that person,” said Leatherland. “We want to see them get as healthy as possible.”

jrobinson@postmedia.com

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