Craig McKennon plays point guard for the Newport Harbor Sailors in what essentially is the sunset year of his high school life.
But over Thanksgiving break he and the rest of the Sailors focused on something much more important than their jump shots: The hoops squad delivered a duffel bag's worth of pencils to orphans living in Ponce, Puerto Rico and a pediatric cancer center in San Juan.
The team had been participating in the Puerto Rican Island Jam tournament. And even though they lost three of their four games, McKennon said the experience of helping the children in need far outweighed any accomplishments on the basketball court.
"If you could have seen their faces," said McKennon, 17, a graduating senior who soon hopes to attend Stanford or a University of California campus. "It was great. Their faces just lit up. It was sort an early Christmas for them. They really appreciated it. You could tell."