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Fairport community raises money for JV basketball coach

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — After Fairport JV basketball coach Craig Howe and his family lost their home to a fire, one of his colleagues told News 8 Friday they’re doing as well as can be expected.

Late January on Benton Circle in Perinton, Howe’s home burned down and was deemed a total loss. The community worked fast to support the Howe family, and created a GoFundMe in their honor.

As of Friday night, the community had raised nearly $71,000 for them.

Scott Fitch, the varsity boys basketball coach for Fairport, says the love Howe’s team has for him is apparent now more than ever.

“The kids right now, his team is playing with a different passion,” Fitch said. “You can tell that they’re playing for something a little bit bigger, something a little more than themselves. I think that’s a really powerful feeling to see kids play that way. But I also think it’s powerful for a coach to see that, and see the way they’ve responded, and how much they care about him.”

Fitch says Howe has never been one to bask in the limelight. He even says Howe tried to shut down the GoFundMe at one point. But Fitch insisted it be used to help the family get back on their feet.

Click here to see that GoFundMe.

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — After Fairport JV basketball coach Craig Howe and his family lost their home to a fire, one of his colleagues told News 8 Friday they’re doing as well as can be expected.

Late January on Benton Circle in Perinton, Howe’s home burned down and was deemed a total loss. The community worked fast to support the Howe family, and created a GoFundMe in their honor.

As of Friday night, the community had raised nearly $71,000 for them.

Scott Fitch, the varsity boys basketball coach for Fairport, says the love Howe’s team has for him is apparent now more than ever.

“The kids right now, his team is playing with a different passion,” Fitch said. “You can tell that they’re playing for something a little bit bigger, something a little more than themselves. I think that’s a really powerful feeling to see kids play that way. But I also think it’s powerful for a coach to see that, and see the way they’ve responded, and how much they care about him.”

Fitch says Howe has never been one to bask in the limelight. He even says Howe tried to shut down the GoFundMe at one point. But Fitch insisted it be used to help the family get back on their feet.

Click here to see that GoFundMe. Read More Local NewsRochesterFirst  

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