Lady Eagles will raise breast cancer awareness at Dec. 17 game

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The Madison-Plains High School girls’ basketball program will sell t-shirts commemorating their first “Hoops for a Cure” game when they play Fairbanks on Dec. 17. During the game, they are holding fundraisers to raise breast cancer awareness and money for the Mona Flax Breast Cancer Endowment Fund at Madison Health.

(Posted Dec. 5, 2022)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The girls’ basketball teams at Madison-Plains High School are dedicating their Dec. 17 home games against Fairbanks to raising breast cancer awareness.

This is the first time for “Hoops for a Cure” at Madison-Plains. Varsity Head Coach Aaron Stewart did something similar when he coached girls’ basketball at Northwestern. He now hopes to make it an annual event with the Lady Eagles.

“We’re doing it just to help anyone that we can. I like that all the dollars will be staying local,” he said.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Mona Flax Breast Cancer Endowment Fund through the Madison Health Foundation. The fund assists patients in need with breast cancer screenings and treatments.

The junior varsity team, led by Coach Tammy Shoemaker, a breast cancer survivor, starts at 6 p.m. The varsity game starts around 7:15. A silent auction will be open from 6 p.m. through the third quarter of the varsity game. Winners will be announced after the third quarter.

To date, the teams have gathered a variety of themed auction baskets. Among the items up for bid are specialty candles, winter gear, Wright State University men’s basketball tickets, a Honey Baked Ham gift certificate, and Blue Jackets swag. Anyone who wishes to donate items for the auction is asked to contact Stewart at (937) 207-5341 by Dec. 12.

Other fundraisers that night include a 50/50 raffle and a bake sale featuring items made by the players. T-shirts and bracelets commemorating the special game will be available for purchase. The shirts range in price from $20 to $25, depending on size. The bracelets, which were donated, are $3. The teams also are hosting a three-point competition. Anyone from the crowd can pay $1 per shot. If they make it, they get $2 back; if they don’t, the $1 goes to the cause.

Stewart invites breast cancer patients and survivors to attend the game.

At the end of the night, the teams will present a check to a representative of the Madison Health Foundation.

Stewart said he is excited to have the players engage with the community to raise breast cancer awareness and funding. He plans to set aside one game each season for the event.

“Hopefully, it will get bigger each year,” he said.

Stewart is accepting cash donations, along with silent auction items. Cash donations are due by Dec. 16.

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