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Morton's 'Extra Efforts' Making a Difference in Community

Morton basketball team wins this week's "Extra Effort" award

WMBD/WYZZ-TV - MORTON, Ill. - The Morton basketball team has been very busy the past few weeks. Not just because practices and games and getting a bit more intense.

"We're big on service," said Potters head basketball coach Jarrett Brown. "I really feel like it's the motto of our program."

Last month, Brown's team flexed its muscle at a local grade school, bringing an anti-bullying message to the clasrooms filled with youngsters.

"Cyber bullying is a big thing for Facebook, Twitter and all that stuff," said Morton senior Corey Dullard "I know it happens at the high school, so I think it happens at the lower level, too."

"It's been a tremendous opportunity for us to interact with those kids," said Brown. "But I think our guys are learning that as you teach, you learn."

And this week, the Potters will culminate their annual 'Game Ball Run' week with a visit to the Children's Hospital of Illinois. And then the Potters will present a check to the hospital before Friday's game against Pekin. The team helped raised funds with, among other things, t-shirt sales.

"It's a special experience when you're at the hospital and you meet the people," said senior Andy Homa, who visited the Children's Hospital with his teammates last January. "You can see the appreciation on their faces."

The team was scheduled to run from Morton High School to the hospital on Thursday but sub-zero temperatures put a stop to the run. But the players aren't stopping with their zeal to help.

"It reminds us that it's a blessing to play here," said Dullard. "Don't take anything for granted. Try our hardest every day to get better becase we have the opportunity."

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