Granite Falls hosts Coaches vs. Cancer basketball gameJOURNAL STAFF Granite Falls High School is sponsoring a “Blackout Cancer” Coaches vs. Cancer basketball game Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Granite Falls High School gym.
The High School girls basketball team will play Archbishop Murphy in a game that is slated to bring attention to the fight against cancer. Honorary Coach Virginia Neuman (mother of Granite Falls High School girls basketball head coach Mark Neuman) will sit on the bench with the team to acknowledge her current fight against cancer. Mrs. Neuman has been battling ovarian cancer since last May and is still undergoing treatment.
The Coaches vs. Cancer program was founded by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Since 1993, the program has raised nearly $45 million dollars. Last year, nearly 2000 colleges and high school coaches across the country participated in the program to raise awareness of cancer in our communities.
High School leagues around Washington State have joined the campaign including the Cascade Conference schools. As a member of the Cascade Conference, Granite Falls is hosting the Jan. 30 event to bring local awareness to a global issue. Other schools in the conference, Archbishop Murphy, Cedarcrest, Coupeville, Kings, Lakewood, South Whidbey and Sultan, are also participating in the campaign.
As a pre-game warm-up, coaches will wear a specially designed T-shirt with the Coaches vs. Cancer logo and introduce the honorary coach. Students will collect donations at half time and collection buckets will be placed at the door and the concession stand. All donations will be sent to the American Cancer Society.