By Paul Jones
In Mini-THON’s efforts to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund, they partnered with the Harlem Wizards to raise money and put on a high flying show. The Harlem Wizards faced Red Lion teachers from around the district.
Former Red Lion basketballs players like Mr. Dennish and Mr. Bull were on the roster. Math teacher Mrs. Grove and health teacher Mrs. Gillis also signed to play.
Mini-THON is in its tenth year and is always looking for new ways to get people excited for the event. Cancer affects almost everyone in some way as it has taken the lives of millions of people. The American Cancer Society projects that 1.6 million people in this year will be diagnosed with the disease.
When this many people are affected, even children will be affected as well. No child should have to go through such a horrible disease.
That is where the Four Diamonds Fund comes into the equation. “(Mini-THON) provides any support for a family that comes into Hershey Hospital,” Ryan Small, Mini-THON advisor, said.
Mini-THON provides families with support for medical expenses, medications, and research to combat cancer. Red Lion Mini-THON has raised tens of thousands of dollars every year.
To better understand the mindset of a kid who has been diagnosed talk to Red Lion junior Trevor Vitz. He was diagnosed with cancer when he was just thirteen.
Trevor was one of the rare instances where he was affected emotionally by his diagnosis. Other kids however may need extra support and need someone to lift their spirits.
“It is just awesome to help them out and get them to smile or laugh at something and make their day better,” Small said. So bringing in the Harlem Wizards is just another way to do that.
This year, Mini-THON is representing the Knapp family, who was in attendance for the Wizards game. 1,122 people were also in attendance for the game, raising over $7,500.
Now to the game itself. The teachers were no match for the Wizards, but they put up a valiant effort. With dunk specialist “Flight”, who was part of the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest and “Kaboom” who had a seven foot wingspan, they put on a show for the fans.
At half time, the teachers were down 25 points. With the aid of five and ten point plays, they were able to fight back to within two points of the Wizards.
The away team however pulled the victory out in a 98-88 victory. There were plenty of hijinks throughout the game that made everyone of all ages laugh.
There were games with the little kids and even some adults were invited onto the court. Water and confetti was spilled on some parts of the crowd and even a kiss from a Wizard to a female fan.
The members of Mini-THON are still not done however as they prepare for Mini-THON and another successful year of raising money for the Four Diamonds Fund.
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