On February 5th, the Xs and XIs, girls and boys basketball teams played at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn. Todd Rosenthal, Sports Coordinator, organized the event but the idea came from Vera Giraudo, XIsJ, whom Todd describes as the “leader of the effort.”
Vera came up with the idea as a way to raise money for more green spaces as part of City and Country’s sustainability program in the XIs.
The game was between City and Country and Manhattan Country School. The Xs and XIs girls teams played as one, and the Xs and XIs boys teams played as one.
The event was organized with the help of “New York City Basketball Kids,” which is dedicated to supporting a child’s “basketball dreams.” The tickets were $22 a piece, $17 of which went to NYCBK and $5 to City and Country. Todd estimates that the number of tickets sold was over 40. “I think we made more than $200,” said Todd. At first, the Xs and XIs were a bit worried because they couldn’t reach the basket, but the court was virtually the same as the one at 201. Todd described the court as ‘three times the length of 201.’ But the basket, despite the thoughts of the players, was the same height as the basket in 201, and the foul line was the same distance from the basket.
When asked if players had the choice to come, Todd said, “No, it was a day off of school. I didn’t feel the need to make it mandatory.” The game was, however, on their sports calendar. For not being mandatory, the game had a very good turnout. “The XIs are making green spaces and Vera, who is on the Xs/XIs basketball team, came up with the idea to have the proceeds from their ticket sales at the Barclays Centre go to making the green spaces in the school. So they’d get money for their plants and materials,” said Katrina Raben, Science teacher, on the reason behind the game. “So basically, we are working on enhancing green spaces at our school,” said Benjamin Squires, XIsJ. “We thought that we could make our own money out of the C&C basketball game.” Benjamin’s group, which consists of Ben, Vera, Thomas Rollins, and Alyssa Harter, were mainly focusing on a green space in the teacher’s garden. They were going to ask Scott Moran, C&C’s Principal, for money for their project. Both teams lost, unfortunately. The girls team lost 14-20, and the boys lost 21-2, but everyone had a great time. “It was pretty fun, but it was just sad that we lost,” said Emelia Fusaro, XIsD. “It was really cool to be in that space. It was really big and I was really nervous,” said Alyssa. “Well it was really fun,” said Talia Fuller, XsMo, “It’s just cool to play on the same court as the Nets do.” Even though both teams lost, both the Xs and XIs believe that being able to play in the Barclays Centre was a great opportunity and they would love to be able to do it again next year. Todd said that if he were to do this next year, it would be open to XIIs/XIIIs team as well, and they would play there twice in the season instead of just once.