St. Alphonsus Liguori students give back to service members

  • Guest of honor Bryan Anderson, an Iraq War veteran and spokesman for USA Cares, congratulates the St. Alphonsus seventh- and eighth-grade basketball team, along with athletic directors Michelle Zalewski, Mark Krier and Monika Klokocki, and team coach and tournament director Tony Marchetti, on the success of the basketball tournament benefit for USA Cares.

    Guest of honor Bryan Anderson, an Iraq War veteran and spokesman for USA Cares, congratulates the St. Alphonsus seventh- and eighth-grade basketball team, along with athletic directors Michelle Zalewski, Mark Krier and Monika Klokocki, and team coach and tournament director Tony Marchetti, on the success of the basketball tournament benefit for USA Cares. Courtesy of Nathalie Krier

 
Submitted by Betty Cloud
Updated 1/15/2020 10:49 AM

The seventh- and eighth-grade basketball team from St. Alphonsus Liguori School in Prospect Heights learned first hand the importance of honoring servicemen and women and the sacrifices that they make for our freedom.

On Jan. 10-12, the St. Alphonsus athletic department hosted a basketball tournament that benefitted USA Cares.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Athletic directors Michelle Zalewski, Mark Krier and Monika Klokocki, along with coach and tournament director Tony Marchetti, put the tournament together. Teams from St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Collette, St. Emily, St. Francis, St. James and St. Raymond schools competed.

USA Cares assists military families in crises, combat injured, career transition, housing assistance and emergency assistance.

Iraq War veteran and former U.S. Army Staff Sargeant Bryan Anderson is the spokesperson for USA Cares. The Rolling Meadows High School graduate, who was injured in 2005 in a bomb blast in Baghdad during his second tour of duty, explained that USA Cares is a 501(c)3 charitable organization for post-9/11 service members.

More than $2,000 was raised to go to the organization for assistance.

To learn more about USA Cares, visit usacares.org.

For more on St. Alphonsus Liguori School, visit www.saintalphonsusschool.com.

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