Boys Varsity Basketball, Girls Varsity Basketball · NPHS hosting “Brody Strong” night at Friday’s basketball game


New Palestine High School Athletics and the NPHS basketball program will be honoring Brody Stephens’ memory Friday night during the games against Greenfield-Central.

Fans will be encouraged to wear orange to the game, and to donate to the “Brody Strong” fund, and Brody’s family will be recognized during the game.

Friday’s game will feature a number of other opportunities to help. Girl Scout Troop 874 will host a lemonade stand at the game to support Riley Hospital for Children. The troop will also accept new boxes of Legos to donate to Riley in Brody’s memory. Pre-packaged snacks will also be accepted at the game, which will also be donated to Riley Hospital.

In addition, Hometown Apparel has created Brody Strong T-shirts and sweatshirts, which can be pre-ordered or purchased at the game. Pre-ordered shirts may be through the NPHS athletic office, with short-sleeve T-shirts $15, $20 for long-sleeve T-shirts or $30 for hoodies, with sizes available from YS-XL, and an additional $2 per size up to 5XL. List apparel and sizes desired. Pre-orders must be placed by 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The “Brody Strong” has been established in Brody’s memory through the Hancock County Community Foundation. The fund will assist Southern Hancock elementary families in need with the cost of uniforms, equipment and fees, so all can participate in sports.

Brody was a student at Sugar Creek Elementary School who bravely fought leukemia. He was a standout basketball player and sports fan. His passion for sports, and his competitive spirit that drove him to continually practice his basketball skills, was an inspiration to many. He touched many lives, from his doctors to family and friends to NFL, NBA and college athletes. Brody’s encouraged other children battling cancer “to fight.” His favorite sayings were “Never Give Up: We Got This,” and “Fight: It’s What We Do.”

Friday’s action begins at 6 p.m. with the New Palestine and Greenfield-Central girls basketball teams tipping off. The NP and G-C boys teams will meet at 7:30 p.m.

Also, the Doe Creek Middle School teams will honor Brody at their 7th/8th grade boys basketball games against Triton Central beginning at 5:30 p.m. Snacks donations for Riley Hospital will also be collected at this game. On Thursday, Dec. 19, DCMS and all three Southern Hancock elementary schools are encouraging students to wear orange in honor of Brody’s birthday. Students who wish to do so may donate $1 to the Brody Strong fund that day at school.

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