Bright Side: High school basketball player gives back to Washington

By Katherine Tellez

February 10, 2014 Updated Feb 11, 2014 at 12:14 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- A basketball player at Conant High School in Hoffman Estates is responsible for collecting $15,000 for Washington Community High School.

The superintendent and principal at WCHS accepted the check Monday.

A varsity basketball player spear headed the project.

He went around to several businesses in his area asking for donations.

He came up with the idea after seeing players in Washington had lost everything.

The principal said people like this give him hope for the future.

"We're gonna be in great shape if it's people like Joey Ronowa that are going to be looking out and taking care of us. Just a phenomenal humanitarian effort on his part," said Superintendent and Principal at WCHS Jim Dunnan.

The money goes into an account started after the tornadoes.

Students and staff who lost their homes in the tornadoes will get a check sometime in March.

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