BenGil middle and high school students participated and conquered a couple of the divisions in the 9th Annual Macoupin County Anti-Meth Coalition 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament held last weekend. Area athletes who brought home first place trophies were the GMS Indians girls’ team and GHS Miners boys’ team.
The Indians’ team consisted of Grace Bertolino, Keaton Link, Hannah Barrett and Shelby Taylor while the Miners’ team consisted of Evan Price, Alex Myers and Nick Price. The Indians placed first in the 5th and 6th grade girls division while the Miners placed first in the high school boys division.
The Coalition had 46 teams participate in this year’s tournament with ages ranging from 3rd- 12th grades. The 11-hour tournament raised over $3,500 with sponsorships, donations, concessions and the tournament.
The proceeds from the event will go toward the Coalition’s mission to inform and educate Macoupin County citizens of the dangers of meth and other drug use. Proceeds will also help children who have grown up in a household with drugs. The Coalition also plans to sponsor drug free chaperoned events for middle and high school teenagers.
The Coalition is currently working with school districts in Macoupin County to implement a “Too Good for Drugs” curriculum.
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