They say that your time in high school is considered to be some of the best years of your life and I was lucky enough to spend mine at Notre Dame- Bishop Gibbons in Schenectady (Class of 2006). I was crushed to find out that someone came to my school and set the field house on fire but luckily they're moving forward.

You may remember the story from the end of last year. I remember waking up in disbelief one morning hearing that part of my high school was in fire. The fire caused about $70,000 worth of damage to Holy Trinity's football equipment alone, without including building damage or gear kept in there from other sports.

Paul O'Brien/Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons School

It was a great sight to witness teams from all over the Capital Region pitching in to help my high school, for example, UAlbany donated uniforms and helmets so they could keep playing. Since then, the school has received a plethora of donations from other schools, booster clubs, the plumbing was donated, as was the electrical and building supplies. It's so amazing so see my community getting together to help a place that means so much to me.

The school is still accepting donations. You can either sent checks to the school noting that the money is specifically for the Field House or call the school and ask for the AD, Pat Moran.