Coaches vs. Cancer
The Maple Point community came together on Friday March 9 for the 5th Annual Coaches vs. Cancer basketball doubleheader tournament between Carl Sandburg Middle School and MP.
Coaches vs. Cancer program is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. This initiative leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities, and advocacy programs. Since 1993, coaches have raised over $100 million for the American Cancer Society.
Between the sale of pink Coaches vs. Cancer t-shirts, a huge number of raffle baskets filled with valuable donated prizes, food sales and direct donations, the Maple Point community raised $15,000 during this year's event. This is an extrordinary number, especially for a middle school, and triple the amount raised last year.
Coaches vs. Cancer is a project of the Maple Point Student Council. Members Sophia Capecci, Olivia Jacobson and Kiley Canimore introduced a number of guests at the start of the tournament. Alyssa Spiotta, Community Manager for Special Events for the Philadelphia Coaches vs. Cancer spoke about how the funds will be used for specific projects.
The tournament featured the 7th and 8th grade boys teams. The girls teams were featured in a Coaches vs. Cancer doubleheader tournament against Holland Middle School on November 29.
PHOTO GALLERY: Photos by Jesse Garber