Thursday, December 22, 2016

Middle school students use basketball rivalry to raise money for cancer

Hamilton and Holland Christian are teaming up to raise money for the American Cancer Society though Friday night's basketball games.

Aubree DeVisser and Sophia Young
ThunderHawk Staff Writers

This Friday, February 15, Hamilton and Holland Christian will be face off on the basketball court, but at the same time they will be joining forces to help support Breast Cancer awareness. Shirts were sold last week for the event, and come Friday night the stands will be filled with pink in support of the cause. (For a game preview, click here.)

A group of Hamilton 8th graders, Camden Blood, Emily Woodke, Madeline Rudolph, Emily Haverdink, and Brooklyn Groenheide were all inspired to create an event to spread awareness on a topic that is close to home for them. Each of them have experienced loved ones going through cancer treatment, and have seen the courage and bravery that are needed to survive breast cancer.

“My aunt, grandma and a close family friend all had breast cancer,” Camden Blood said.

The students picked the local chapter Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of the American Cancer Society to partner with for the event. They said they chose this organization because people from our community and surrounding communities have gone through this organization.

Next the students selected Holland Christian to team up with for this powerful event.

“They opted for Holland Christian (for a number of reasons),” middle school teacher Mr. Nathan Alkire said,  “but the biggest had to do with the rivalry that already exists between these two teams.”

Mr. Alkire added that another factor was that more than 450 students that live in the Hamilton community attend Holland Christian.

To raise a portion of the money, the 8th graders created pink shirts for students to buy. Those who wear the shirts will get into the game for free. They expect to make about $10,000 dollars from this event.

To see the letter sent home to students click here: http://tiny.cc/yui1rw

To learn more about this event watch the 8th grader’s video on the school’s website at: www.hamiltonschools.us

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