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How the Cherokee Bluff basketball program plans to support victims of Hurricane Michael
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Benjie Wood, head coach of Cherokee Bluff's boys basketball team, guides his team through a drill before the start of a scrimmage against East Jackson High School in Flowery Branch, on Friday, June 1, 2018, during summer training. - photo by David Barnes

Based on a spur of the moment decision, the basketball programs of Cherokee Bluff High chose to assist a good cause.

Boys coach Benjie Wood announced the high school's plan to donate all proceeds from this Thursday’s home scrimmage with Jefferson and Johnson toward Hurricane Michael relief efforts.

Wood said all money made from ticket sales for the exhibition games will go toward Rutherford High School in Panama City, Florida, one of the many institutions impacted by the Category 4 storm last month. Michael was the third-strongest hurricane to make landfall in the U.S., ripping through the Florida Panhandle before doing more damage in parts of Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia. Rhondie Ross, a close friend of Wood’s, coaches at Rutherford High. 

“You know, they are completely devastated,” Wood said. “(Coach Ross) was actually on his way to the store (Tuesday) to buy bottled water for his kids to practice. And they are just hoping to have some sort of season. In an effort to give some sort of bright spot after what they’ve been through ...Whatever they need, we want to help. Just do the right thing and help your neighbor.”

Admission is $5 at the gate. The girl’s team will play Jefferson at 6 p.m., and the boys game versus Johnson will immediately follow at 7:30 p.m.

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