Boys basketball program brings a community together for one night of awareness

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Anika Zepeda

Fighting to make a layup, senior forward captain Matt Loaney dribbles through Parkway Central's defense. Loaney and the boys basketball team have been selling items for the Coaches versus Cancer event to raise money for the American Cancer Society. "It’s a special event to play in, you're playing for something that’s bigger than yourself and it’s great to be in an atmosphere like that because of how much it affects other people,” Loaney said.

The boys basketball program prepares to play in a game that holds lots of emotions and tensions: Friday night at 7 p.m. kicks off the fight with Coaches versus Cancer game.

“Our community continues to be tremendously affected by [cancer]. This is a great opportunity to support a worthy cause and provide an opportunity for our community to come together and support the ongoing fight against cancer,” head varsity coach John Wright said.

The basketball program hosted the same event last year and exceeded their fundraising goal of $3000.

“At each of the games, we will be selling bracelets and ‘Wall of Hope’ certificates to honor people fighting cancer and in memory of those that have passed away from this horrible disease,” Wright said. “We will also provide an opportunity for donations to be made throughout the night.”

This year the team will be facing Eureka High School Friday, Feb. 7. Freshmen play at 4:15 p.m., junior varsity plays at 5:30 p.m. and varsity at 7 p.m. 

“It’s special to get the chance to play in this type of game. You’re representing yourself and something that’s bigger than you. It’s just a great atmosphere,” junior captain and forward Logan Wich said. 

Three days prior to the event, members of the basketball team sold t-shirts, Wall of Hope certificates and bracelets. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

“This is a great opportunity to support a worthy cause and provide an opportunity for our community to come together and support the ongoing fight against cancer,” Wright said.

Continuing the tradition, the boys basketball teams will fundraise for the American Cancer Society to honor and contribute to a cause that affects millions of people each year.

“The Longhorn basketball community, the Eureka Wildcats and their fans will be joining forces in this event. I would tell people to come out to a great night of basketball that will bring our community together to fight for a great cause,” Wright said.