ARLINGTON — The $4,000 raised by this year’s “Coaches vs. Cancer” boys basketball game at Arlington High School on Friday, Jan. 18, was just the start of the evening’s long-term charitable accomplishments.
Caryn Brown, the wife of AHS basketball coach Nick Brown, helped organize the “Coaches vs. Cancer” game to support the American Cancer Society, and credited the event’s strength in drawing donations to its host of fundraising activities.
“Money was raised through raffles of gift baskets, and of basketballs painted by our art students, in addition to donations received through the game itself and online, as well as our ‘Dine and Donate’ night with Hubb’s Pizza & Pasta on Jan. 16,” said Caryn Brown, who also touted the lucrative value of the game’s halftime events, including its half-court shot raffle. “The Integrated Rehabilitation Group at Arlington Physical Therapy is a big supporter of Arlington boys basketball, and has generously sponsored our half-court shot raffle over the past few years.”
The Jan. 18 half-court shot raffle awarded prizes to multiple winners. During the freshman game, Vicki Johnson won the raffle, but freshman Jordan Smith took the shot for her, and made it. During the junior varsity game, eighth-grade basketball player Sam Tregoning made the winning shot. Each winner received a $100 prize from the Integrated Rehabilitation Group, but Tregoning donated $50 of his own prize right back to “Coaches vs. Cancer.”
Although “Coaches vs. Cancer” is done for the year, its fundraising drive is not. Those who might have missed the game can still make donations online at www.cvcarlington.com, or by writing checks to the American Cancer Society and mailing them to the Arlington boys basketball program, care of Arlington High School at 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd., Arlington, WA.