The Fair Haven Union High School girls’ basketball team will host a Coaches vs. Cancer game on February 9 to help raise money to support the American Cancer Society.
FAIR HAVEN–On Jan. 20, Fair Haven Union High School girls’ basketball announced that it has teamed up with the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer initiative. FHUHS joins other local schools including Poultney High School which joined the initiative, Jan. 8. The public is invited to attend the Feb. 9 home games to cheer on the Slaters and support cancer awareness and research funding that helps save lives.
During the girls’ games, which take place at Fair Haven Union High School gymnasium, funds will be raised through ticket and T-shirt sales, a raffle, and private donations.
In 2015, the Fair Haven Union High School girls’ basketball teams supported a Coaches vs. Cancer game with Poultney High, raising $1,500.
“I decided years ago that each year we could show our support for cancer awareness by wearing pink laces as a team,” said Coach Kyle Wilson. “A couple years later I noticed that it was possible to customize socks and I thought the ones with the ribbon would be a great team sock. There was not a specific reason why we wear them, other than the fact that everyone knows someone who had/has cancer.”
“The Fair Haven game will help create cancer awareness and raise funds to find cancer’s causes and cures and provide programs that ease the burden of the disease for people in need,” said Brian Casalinova, American Cancer Society community manager of special events. “Our hope is that one day, students will never have to worry about the threat of cancer. This is an opponent we can–and will–beat.”
Fans are encouraged to wear purple, the color representing all cancers, to support the team and the Coaches vs. Cancer initiative on Feb. 9.
Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers basketball coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer. The program leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of basketball coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities, and advocacy programs.