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ANAMOSA, Iowa – Basketball fans came together Thursday night to honor the memory of a man by wearing camouflage.
Adam Gangestad was 38 when he died from a pulmonary embolism just one day after Christmas. He was an avid hunter and had a passion for helping kids in Anamosa.
Many within the community wanted to prove that they wouldn't forget Adam or the things he did to help out.
"We have sent out emails and Facebook to our community to try to fill the gym tonight [Thursday]," said Organizer and Anamosa High School Booster Club Member Joni Oltmanns.
The scene looked normal from the basketball racks outside the Anamosa High School gym, but peering inside the atmosphere was different. People of every age dressed head to toe in camo in remembrance of Adam Gangestad. It was something that caught Adam's two daughters by surprise.
"They are caring a lot about us," said 14-year-old Lacey Gangestad.
"I think it's so amazing how people can be so caring and take care of us, I'm floored also," said 10-year-old Riley Gangestad.
"He had a huge impact in our community with the youth, very involved. It's a great loss to the whole community and tonight [Thursday] we came out to support the family and we're doing it Adam Gangestad style," Oltmanns said.
Kids even put their own spin on the popular Gangnam Style dance to represent the 38-year-old's positive spirit.
Many also purchased blue camo t-shirts with a slogan Adam developed himself just before he passed away. They say "Stay Til the final Buzzer." His wife, Jobi Gangestad, calls this effort to his final thought.
"About a week before he died he went to the booster club and said our school spirit is lacking and we had to give what the kids deserve. So, from that point we came up with "Stay to the Final Buzzer," Jobi Gangestad said.
There's one thing for sure: Adam Gangestad's memories won't fade into the shadows with the buzzer of this game.
"I don't know that I ever met a better man. Like I said, everything he did he gave of himself a lot to us and to the community. He truly believed the future was in the children," Jobi Gangestad said.
All 110 of the blue camouflage shirts sold out before the girls varsity game even started. Organizers said all of the proceeds would go to the family.