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By on February 13, 2014
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Six-team shootout at Kaneland on Saturday to benefit worthy cause
KANELAND—It stands to be no ordinary Saturday at Kaneland.

You’ll have your customary weekend basketball action, but the Kaneland boys team and dedicated volunteers are coming together for something bigger than jump shots.

The first-ever Hoops For Heroes-Kaneland Day and Knight of Hoops will feature five other Chicagoland teams, and proceeds from the six-game extravaganza go to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The Wounded Warrior Project organizes to honor and empower wounded veterans.

Scheduled to run from noon to 9 p.m., beginning with sophomore contests, the Knights battle Hillcrest High School from Country Club Hills, Ill., in the 7:30 p.m. nightcap, with North Chicago and Larkin doing battle at 5 p.m. and St. Charles North meeting Peoria Richwoods at 2:30 pm.

“The volunteers and I decided for this night to have some special meaning, and we have some great basketball programs coming in,” KHS boys coach Brian Johnson said.

The first of its kind in Kaneland basketball history, the gathering already holds importance before the jump ball.

“It’s important to be there for those that have served and come back. I’ve told the team it’s bigger than basketball that night,” Johnson said.

The night, also featuring Bob and Donna Harner receiving a Friend of the Program award, is also set to feature games for Kaneland Youth Basketball and Cagers, as well as performances by the KHS Pep Band and cheer programs.

“It’s an honor to be able to host the event, and we have storied programs and a couple of top-20 ranked teams,” Johnson said. “If you take Kaneland out of it, it’s still a big night at KHS.”

Saturday also featues 50/50 and draw down raffling and Chuck-a-duck contests that benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

For information on the night’s proceedings, head to