On January 11, 2017

Poultney schools team with American Cancer Society for Coaches vs. Cancer

Fair Haven joins the fight next month
Saturday, Jan. 14—POULTNEY—Poultney High School and Middle School girls’ and boys’ basketball teams will be supporting the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer initiative on Saturday, Jan. 14. The public is invited to attend the home games to cheer on the Blue Devils and support the fight to eliminate cancer.
During boys’ and girls’ games, which take place at Poultney High School gymnasium, funds will be raised for cancer research and patient programs and services through ticket and t-shirt sales, raffle, and private donations.
The Coaches vs. Cancer game schedule is as follows:
10 a.m. girls 7th/8th grade basketball
11 a.m. boys 7th/8th grade basketball
12 p.m. girls varsity basketball
1:30 p.m. boys junior varsity
3 p.m. boys varsity
Since 2015, with contributions from the teams, coaches, and community, Poultney High School has raised more than $8,000 to support the lifesaving mission of the American Cancer Society.
“I am supporting Coaches vs. Cancer because cancer is a disease that has affected many people,” said third-year event volunteer organizer Tammy Holcomb. “It is amazing to have players, coaches, parents, businesses, and spectators come together to raise funds for a cure for cancer. So for all the people we have lost, the ones fighting cancer today, and the survivors, we as a team are helping to raise funds to one day find a cure.”
“Every dollar raised at the Coaches vs. Cancer games will help move us closer to the discoveries which prevent, treat, and eliminate cancer as a major health concern,” said Brian Casalinova, American Cancer Society community manager, special events.
In February, on Feb. 9 and 21, the Fair Haven Union High School athletes will also be joining the fight with their own games.
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.
Poultney High School is located at 154 East Main Street, Poultney. Fair Haven Union High School is located at 33 Mechanic Street, Fair Haven.


Photo courtesy of Brian Casalinova
The Poultney High School and Middle School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will be fighting for a world free from cancer on Jan. 14.

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