By Bryanna Perez
On February 6th and 7th 2017, the two hometown teams, Norwalk High and Brien McMahon High School came together to not only continue the rivalry, but also to help raise money for a good cause. Both boys and girls from both teams, are seen wearing a pink long sleeve shirt that says “Hoops for Cure” during their warm ups. So where did the money for each shirt go towards?
The Foundation, Hoops 4 Cure, was created in 2008 by a community of individuals affected by Pseudomyxoma Peritonei, Appendix Cancer, and related Peritoneal Surface Malignancies.
All the money that is raised and donated from the Hoops 4 Cure Basketball Challenge will go to the ACPMP Research Foundation to aid in funding research grants and education.
According to the sports director at Brien McMahon High School, Joe Madaffari, Hoops 4 Cure has been around for many years. It all started when coaches and players wanted to give money to the cancerous cause. “Back about nine to ten years ago there was a movement with the girls more than the boys to raise some money for cancer care. What they did was everyone wore pink. They asked for donations and the concession stand money went to hoops 4 cure as well. The very first time they did it, they made about 120 dollars. Ever since then they continued to play for cancer.”
Even after almost a decade, the two schools continue to help raise money for cancer. Madaffari tells Pridetime, “Even though the coaches have changed, the causes haven't.”