From the Healdsburg Tribune
By Greg Clementi, Sports Editor
Communities are often defined by how they respond in tough economic times, and generosity is a virtue that is neither expected nor often publicized.
The newly renovated Clarence Ruonavaara Grandstand at Recreation Park has been a shining example of what can be achieved when a community comes together for a common goal, but a giving town needs only another worthy cause to continue its selfless work.
So when Healdsburg High School Athletic Director and girls basketball coach Brian Osborn asked for help to fund a new scoreboard in Smith Robinson Gymnasium this spring, he found that it was just a phone call away.
“In Healdsburg if you need something, you just have to ask the community and you can get things done,” Osborn said. “We wanted to have a gym that we could all be proud of and our new scoreboard is state of the art.”
The scoreboard replacement project began with a call to Lisa Wittke-Schaffner, President of the John Jordan Foundation, who arranged the foundation’s funding of an $11,000 LCD, wireless scoreboard. The project was completed when local electrical company Denny’s Electric donated their time and effort to install it at no charge.
In addition, the HHS hoops programs benefitted from a pair of $1,000 donations from the Healdsburg Kiwanis and Steve Hockert Foundation for the purchase of a new shot clock.
Lady Hounds’ busy summer
The Lady Greyhounds are in the midst of an ambitious off-season basketball schedule that includes regular informal workouts and a handful of summer tournaments. Next up for the team is participation in the Sonoma County Shootout Tournament hosted by Windsor on June 28-30.
Healdsburg will showcase its new scoreboard when it hosts the program’s biggest off-season fundraiser, the annual Summer Heat Girls Basketball Tournament on July 27-29.