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Extra Effort: Morton's Schultz Puts Rivalry Aside for Tornado Relief

Emily Schultz is this week's 'Extra Effort' winner


WMBD/WYZZ-TV - MORTON, Ill - Emily Schultz helped Morton beat Washington in the championship of the Illinois Central College girls basketball summer league in July.

But as the regular season is getting started, she's trying to help the Panthers.

"Rivals on the court is a whole different thing," said Schultz. "But I think when something like this happens to the community, everybody wants to help."

In the days following the Nov. 17 tornado that hit Washington, the Morton senior and her aunt came up with an idea to help raise funds for relief by designing and selling wrist bands in Washington orange.

"We thought about #309 strong to reach out to the whole area, not just the Mid-Illini Conference," said Schultz. "Then saying 'one team' on it because we're stronger as a community then we are as one town, one team."

Schultz ordered 600 of those bracelets with the idea of selling them all before Morton and Washington meet on Dec. 21 and giving the donation check to the Panthers before the game. And that will add another meaning to that already great rivalry game.

"I think it's going to be a cool night," said Schultz. "Obviously, we're going to take the game as a conference game. But before and after the game, we'll be chatting it up and joking around."

Her coach was impressed with Schultz plan and has jumped on board with the project. Morton first started selling the bracelets at its season-opening tournament over Thanksgiving weekend.

"We're all human beings in human kindness," said Morton head coach Bob Becker. "But that kind of thing is touching to all of us. We anted to help, somehow."

The bracelets are being sold for $3 at Morton High School.

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