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Roots scores with Christmas charity

Presents donated by Roots players were gathered and organized by recipient families in the Woodward Middle School gymnasium Monday, Dec. 16. - Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review
Presents donated by Roots players were gathered and organized by recipient families in the Woodward Middle School gymnasium Monday, Dec. 16.
— image credit: Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review

The Bainbridge Roots basketball program has partnered with the Young Women’s Christian Association of Kitsap County to bring a little extra Christmas cheer to 11 local families in need.

Presents were purchased by Roots players and their families, then donated anonymously to families through the YWCA.

“This helped us keep things in perspective,” said Bainbridge High varsity boys basketball Head Coach Scott Orness, executive director for Roots.

“The older I get, the more frantic this time of year gets. I think that, as a kid, sometimes you take things for granted and tonight you guys made a massive difference,” he said to the players and parent volunteers.

The program partnership is primarily the work of island parent Sarah Barnes and her son Jack.

“Last year we had five families and a few volunteers,” she said. “This year we have 11 families. Hopefully, next year it will be bigger and better.”

Barnes said that she wanted to keep the charitable efforts local and that most of the families who will receive these presents actually do live on Bainbridge Island.

Orness agreed that helping local kids made the experience more real for the players.

“There are people right in our own backyards who need some help during the holidays,” he said.

Roots is a progressive kindergarten through 12th grade basketball program designed by the coaching staff of Bainbridge High and other Kitsap Peninsula schools. Roots seeks to help players develop as athletes and people through camps, skills training sessions, practices, and competitive games.

The overall mission of the program is to develop fundamentally sound basketball players and build positive character traits in young people who participate.

For more information on the Roots program visit www.biroots.org.

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