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Basketball event helps promote fight against cancer

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

CHARLESTON -- The Charleston High School girls basketball program will once again do their part in cancer awareness by hosting the 2011 Coaches vs. Cancer Annual Shootout on Jan. 29.

"I think that it is important that everyone do their part in cancer research," Charleston girls coach Josh Thompson said. "Everyone is connected to someone who has had cancer in their life. We at Charleston High School wanted to do our part."

Including the Lady Bluejays, 12 girls teams were invited to take part in the shootout over the course of six different games.

The Chaffee Lady Devils will square off against the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs in the first game of the day at 11 a.m., which will be followed by Delta v. Portageville, South Pemiscot v. Woodland, New Madrid v. Caruthersville, East Prairie v. Greenville and Charleston v. Twin Rivers.

Teams will don pink and baby blue t-shirts which will take the place of their respective jerseys raising awareness to breast cancer (pink) and prostate cancer (baby blue).

On top of highlighting some of the area's girls basketball programs, Thompson hopes to continue the efforts of raising awareness in the struggle of fighting cancer.

"There are two main things that we hope to accomplish," Thompson said. "Number one, we want to raise as much money as we can to donate to the American Cancer Society. Number two, we hope to have large crowds so that the girls that day share the spotlight."

Shootout officials will also take time away from the games in order to honor the memory of East Prairie's Eva Henshaw, Sikeston's Bud Spears and Charleston's Jim Grasdorf with special presentations.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the American Cancer Society in memory of Henshaw and in honor of Robin Gamer.