More than 300 members of Santa Fe’s senior class along with first responders attended the game as guests of Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta, a fellow Galveston County native. Fertitta said the group was given a police escort to the game with more than 20 different law enforcement agencies represented.
The Rockets wore a gray ribbon with “Santa Fe HS” in green and gold, the school’s colors, on the left shoulder of their jerseys. Fertitta, his family and Rockets CEO Tad Brown wore green Santa Fe T-shirts. Santa Fe principal Rachel Blundell attempted the First Shot, a tradition Fertitta started this season in which a celebrity attempts a free throw before the game. Fertitta usually donates $5,000 to that person’s charity of choice for a make and $1,000 for a miss, but he committed to giving the larger total to the Santa Fe Strong Memorial Fund regardless of the free throw’s result.
Ben Golliver: Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta honors victims of Santa Fe High School shooting with “Santa Fe Strong” t-shirt for Game 5 vs. Warriors.