PAINESVILLE, OHIO – When Lake Erie College women's basketball coach Bob Booher committed to the "Shoot for a Solution" campaign prior to this year, he had no idea the kind of shooting season his squad had in store. After the Storm drained a school-record 182 three-pointers Coach Booher's wallet is a little lighter, but he doesn't mind that one bit.
"Before the season I figured we would make more threes than last year (136), but no one saw this coming," said Booher. "The end result is really win-win. Making those threes helped us to one of the best seasons in program history and also helped raise some additional funds to help out a great little boy."
This season, Lake Erie's "Shoot for a Solution" has been raising money for the non-profit organization Autism Speaks and specifically Team Mighty Mike. Team Mighty Mike supports eight-year old Michael Hansen, the youngest son of Booher's daughter's best friend, who was diagnosed with Autism in 2003.
Coach Booher personally pledged to donate $3 for every three-pointer his squad made prior to the season, meaning he will donate $546 to the campaign. The team has received several other donations as well in moving towards their goal of raising at least $1,000.
For those still interested in joining the cause, flat donations to the Shoot for a Solution campaign will be accepted though the end of March. Donations are tax deductible.