North Dakota basketball community holds charity benefit for Brent DeKok

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It’s a day to show that no one fights alone.

“It’s just powerful to see that everyone from the community comes out to support one man,” St. Mary’s guard Ben Schmidt said.

In the months since Brent DeKok announced on Twitter his cancer was back, Legacy coach Jason Horner spearheaded an effort that would eventually become Sunday’s Basketball Charity Benefit at Legacy High.

“From the food to the silent auction to the players. It doesn’t happen without the players,” Horner said.

Thirty-one players to be exact–some of the best in the state–showcasing their talents in three-point contests, an exhibition game, and a dunk contest. All in service of a common goal.

“Using your God-given talents to help somebody else, and being a part of something bigger than yourself,” Horner said.

For the man going through a second battle with cancer, the support means the world to him.

“Looking around tonight, it’s crazy seeing all the people out to support me,” Brent DeKok said. “The coaches that are doing this thing–they mean the world to me, and this community. It’s unbelievable.”

DeKok told KX Sports he is feeling well. He has finished two rounds of chemo and has a third set for May 1.

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