Girls basketball team takes on new fundraiser for cancer


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The girls’ basketball team is raising money to fight childhood cancer with a fundraiser taking place for the remainder of the season. 

The Poolesville community and the basketball programs have dealt with loss in the past few years due to cancer. With this in mind, the girls basketball team took it into their own hands to help as much as possible. When asked about the fundraiser, head coach Ms. Kathryn Hackey acknowledged that it was the players’ idea and she was more than willing to help support them.

“We knew we wanted to do a cancer fundraiser because our team and the boy’s team have suffered losses from cancer,” senior captain Lizzie Kovacs said. 

After teen Ella Bresee, a former basketball player from Urbana High School, passed away following her battle with cancer, the team specifically decided to focus the fundraiser on childhood cancer research.

 “Our team has experienced a lot of loss due to cancer, and this team has rallied around each other,” said Hackey. “The support and respect our team has for each other is only one aspect that makes them such great teammates.”

The fundraiser is taking place through the PHS Booster Club. Donations can be made at all the girls’ home games and online. On Feb. 17, the team’s home game against Richard Montgomery will be a stand up to cancer game. Customized t-shirts will be sold and the proceeds will go directly to the fundraiser. In addition, collection jars will be located at the main entrance and concession stand for monetary donations. 

In addition to striving for success on the court, the team is also looking to make the most money they possibly can for this fundraiser. With all the support they’re receiving from parents, coaches, school staff, and the community, their desire to do as much as they can to fight childhood cancer is guaranteed.