Liberty Local Schools is encouraging attendees of Friday’s Liberty High School boys basketball game to go green for freshman Zak Stevens.
Stevens, who has battled kidney disease most of his life, is currently in kidney failure and undergoing dialysis. Due to the severity of Zak’s disease, he is currently unable to be placed on the transplant list. Three years ago, Zak survived a motorcycle crash that claimed the life of his father.
Zak, who has been a student at Liberty Local Schools since kindergarten, is expected to make an appearance during Friday’s game with his mother and two brothers, who also attend Liberty.
Prior to Friday’s basketball game against Niles, the district will be selling ‘Zak Strong’ shirts for $5. The Niles City School District has also committed to raising money for the Stevens family by selling shirts at their schools. Both districts’ boys basketball teams will their wear green ‘Zak Strong’ shirts to the game on Friday.
Students who wear a green shirt or ‘Zak Strong’ t-shirt will be able to enter the basketball game for only $1. Adults who wear green or the ‘Zak Strong’ shirts will be able to enter for $6. There will also be a 50/50 raffle at the game to benefit the Stevens family.