Greensboro, NC -- It was Memorial Day weekend. Melissa Britt and her 3-year-old son Jaiden died after a speed boat crashed into their pontoon on High Rock Lake.
Friday night, their community brought together family and basketball in their honor.
A grieving husband and father, Clay Britt, took the court to a wave of cheers. Cheers from a community that's got his back.
"I just want to make him have a happy night," said Jared Pike, friend of Clay's and 107.5 KZL radio personality. "But also let him know that the community is there for him, and as you can see already, they're here for him."
And, in a gym of former former NC State, Carolina, Duke and Wake Forest athletes, there was only one team that mattered Friday: Team Melissa and Jaiden Britt. Neighbors honored them with wristbands, shirts and the number six on Clay's back. The family says it's blessed to have the community behind them.
"Thank you for supporting our family and continuing to keep us in your prayers because that's the only thing that's sustaining us," said Frankie Britt, Jaiden's grandmother.
It all started with an idea from a close friend, and ended with a packed gym of neighbors and athletes pulling together for a cause.
"If I'm ever in North Carolina and hear about a great cause and somewhere I can help, I try to make time for it," said Phoenix Sun and former Tar Heel, Kendall Marshall.
"I would want somebody that's in my shoes to be there to support my family, so I thought it was a great idea to come out and support them," said former Tar Heel and LA Clippers first-round pick Reggie Bullock.
The cheers, laughter, and energy in the gym were a powerful show of what a community will do when one of its neighbors is in need. And, Clay Britt's family says it's what Melissa and Jaiden would have wanted.
The event raised money for a scholarship fund, in Jaiden's name, at Muirs Chapel Christian Playschool in Greensboro where he went before he died.
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