The Shaler Area Boys Basketball Team and Boosters reached out to a young man from the Mars Area School District to let him know they are with him. Titan Head Boys Basketball upon hearing of the hardships of Eric Schaffner, a varsity member of the Mars Area Boys Basketball, wanted to show that the whole basketball community was behind him. Through the efforts of the coaches, players, parents, and boosters the Shaler Area boys basketball team was able to present a $2,500 check to the Mars Area senior during halftime of the January 8 contest between the two teams.
Eric’s father, who was an ardent fan and never missed one of Eric’s basketball games, died unexpectedly on Dec. 27, 2020. His mother passed away in 2006. The financial donation is intended to help support Eric finish out his final year of high school at Mars Area and achieve his goal to continue his education at Butler County Community College.