On Tuesday evening, January 18, the Girls and Boys Basketball teams hosted their first annual Tammi Terry Crusade for Kindness Classic (photos below). The games were played in honor of Tammi Terry, mother of 2019 graduate and former BC basketball player Aiden Terry, who passed away unexpectedly last May, raising funds for the Tammi Terry Memorial Scholarship.
“Tammi was an active parent volunteer and beloved member of our school family,” says Jason Wells, BC Athletic Director. And when Tammi’s husband Norm organized a scholarship in her name, Mr. Wells and his basketball teams jumped at the chance to help support it.
Aiden explained in a Facebook post that the Crusade for Kindness Classic was to celebrate this quality in his late mother: “We wanted to honor the impactful life she lived by her commitment to God, family, friends and her career as an educator.” The games raised money through t-shirt sales (over 400 were sold!) and donations.
Mr. Wells has plans to continue and expand fundraising efforts for the Tammi Terry Memorial Scholarship by adding more high profile programs to play in a showcase game, with BC varsity teams playing as an “undercard” in future years.
The Classic is the largest event so far of BC’s focus on increasing kindness throughout the school. Students have started to explore what it really means to be kind to your teachers, your peers, and your school through a variety of programs that bring attention and awareness to various ways students can demonstrate being kind and recognize others for this important trait.
Assistant Principal Christy Burden explains this is part of this year’s One Family theme: “At Bullitt Central, as one family, we believe in taking care of one another. But how does that look in practice?”
As part of this exploration, the school is providing myriad opportunities for students and the community to get involved. “We are looking for ways to raise awareness of how we and others behave,” explains Ms. Burden. “Students nominate others for being kind, and then we take a photo of them posing as the ‘I’ in ‘KIND.’” Staff members are also recognizing students for being kind by handing out “kindness bracelets” and encouraging them not only to wear them, but to pass them on to others whom they see exhibiting kindness to others.
As the semester continues, more programs will be added to help encourage students to be kind themselves and recognize others.