MIDLOTHIAN – On any given night, the Midlothian basketball coaching staff are some of the sharpest dressed people in all of high school sports.
But at Tuesday’s home games for the boys and girls, the coaching staff swapped dressy threads for T-shirts and fancy shoes for sneakers. A little change in wardrobe helped create a little money to help others.
Fans, faculty and staff were given an opportunity to buy T-shirts and make donations as part of the Midlothian’s efforts for fundraising in the Coaches Vs. Cancer event.
“I think this was huge. It’s something that affects everybody. We went with the purple because (it represents) all cancer,” Midlothian girls basketball coach Brooke Walthall said. “It’s affected people on our team this year and I’m sure it’s affected every single one of us.”
Through the different fundraising efforts throughout the week, the boys and girls basketball programs were able to raise $2,170. The check was presented to Kristi Smith, who runs the Relay For Life event in Midlothian, at the conclusion of the girls basketball game.
“That donation for the American Cancer Society is great. Our theme this year is that we put more birthday candles on and this $2,100 will help put a lot more birthday candles on cakes and as we do more cancer research,” Smith said.
All three levels of Panther basketball wore the purple shirts during warm-ups along with the coaching staffs and a large portion of the fans in attendance for the games.
While Walthall was happy to see the amount raised, her biggest hope is that the donation will make an impact on an illness that affects the lives of nearly everyone.
“The more that we can do to help raise more money and there’s already cures and people are living a lot longer now. Anything we can do to help,” Walthall said.
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