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ORONO - High schools come together and shoot hoops for a good cause.

Students are raising money for the courageous steps project.

 

Founder and executive director of the Courageous Steps Project Connor Aracher said, "This is a fund raiser for the courageous steps project which strives to help children and young adults with developmental challenges like autism and other challenges."

 

A total of ten teams from various high school come out to support the cause.

 

Bangor basketball player Iziah Pike said, "Makes it seem like not everybody's like...they can play around with other kids and not feel left out and all that."

 

All of the money raised today goes back to the schools who are participating in the games.

 

Volunteer Amy Guerette said, "I'm here to volunteer at the games. Raising money for special olympics."

 

Archer said this is important for all the players who may have certain challenges to get involved. "And to really realize that they may have obstacles, but it shouldn't let them shouldn't stop them from pursuing their dreams."

 

Connor lives with autism himself and said this is personal to him because he understands the challenges. "I always wanted to give back to programs, and it's grown so much more than just giving back to programs. Now we got a team of volunteers who are dedicated to making this organization work, and i'm grateful for that volunteer base."

 

Fundraiser chair Tina Roderick said she loves seeing Connors passion for courageous steps. "He's one of those that has beat the system, and he wants to see other kids going through the program be able to beat the system and better themselves better their education."

 

Connor said he feels great and wants to savor the moment of what he's been able to do. "For not only these teams here today, but also for many more programs in eastern maine and beyond."

 

He has big dreams and even bigger goals.

 

"To continue to grow this organization and continue to have an impact in the state of Maine for children and young adults with developmental challenges as well" said Archer.

 

For more information about the Courageous Steps Project and upcoming events head to their Facebook page.

Shonna Narine

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