By Tony Lopez

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — It’s a game everyone on the court wished they never would have to play, but they did it with heavy hearts and one crazy crowd.

It was standing room only for a game played in honor of El Camino High instructor Brandon Dingman.

The 36-year-old coach died suddenly in December of a heart attack during a pick-up basketball game.

On Tuesday, a campus united with their fierce rivals. For one night, for one game, it wasn’t El Camino High faculty taking on Rio Americano teachers. It was everyone taking on the task of caring for those most impacted by coach Dingman’s sudden death—his wife and two small children.

“It’s honestly unbelievable,” Carrie Dingman said. “People are so supportive in time of need, and I couldn’t be more proud of El Camino.”

As she sat courtside, the couple’s young daughter served as an honorary cheerleader.

All were honored to be there to raise money for the young family that’s devastated, but determined to go on, guided by a strong spirit.

One young student says Dingman inspired him to want to become a teacher one day.

Tuesday’s game raised more than $1,000 for the Dingman family.


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