Net Gain 2017 was Lake Forest's response to Rick Telander's five-part profile on the Orr Academy High School basketball team. A fundraiser was created to support the Orr basketball program and to create a cultural exchange to positively impact young men from both Orr Academy High School and Lake Forest High Schools. That initial fundraiser raised over $33,000.
As a result of the success of Net Gain 2017, Joe Dondanville, who produced the outstanding documentary Gamechangers, which tells the extraordinary story of the New Trier High School/Marshall Metropolitan High School basketball games in 1965 and 1966, contacted Lake Forest High School about developing a partnership to create a follow-up event.
As a result of this partnership, Net Gain 2018 featured four high school basketball teams in two games:
The fundraiser concluded with an after-game barbecue with teams, coaches, sponsors and volunteers.
Much more information about this fundraising project and WGN-TV's coverage of it (under "gallery" tab) can be found here.