Coach Brian Hamel (pictured kneeling, front row, far left) needs community funding so his Snowdogs basketball team can attend the Special Olympics Maine state tournament. The Snowdogs got a major assist from another team, three SkillsUSA students from Presque Isle (Maine) High School.
Griffin Guerrette, Ryle Mortland and Randon Mortland (back row, center) helped raised money for the Snowdogs as a project in their SkillsUSA Community Service competition. Working with Hamel, the state gold-medal-winning team sent letters to businesses, requesting donations to cover transportation, hotel fees and other expenses associated with the tournament, held at the University of Southern Maine Gorham campus. Together, the SkillsUSA students and Hamel raised $16,000. •