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February 22, 2013

Hazel Park boys basketball to play in support of American Cancer Society

By Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writer

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Hazel Park boys basketball to play in support of American Cancer Society
Hazel Park coach Geri Fuhr talks to her players during a timeout in a home game against Hamtramck last week. The Vikings will play in a charity game against Royal Oak at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Hazel Park to help benefit the American Cancer Society.

Hazel Park’s boys basketball team is scheduled to play in a “pink out” game against Royal Oak Feb. 28 in support of Relay for Life, which is a 24-hour walk to help benefit the American Cancer Society, scheduled for May 18.

According to Hazel Park High yearbook advisor Sabriena Bennett, whose class is also involved in the fundraiser, the more people who attend the game, the more proceeds that will go to benefit the cause.

Along with a bake sale, bracelets will also be sold in order to help raise donation money. Bennett said her yearbook class has a goal to raise $2,000.

Players from both teams are expected to wear pink t-shirts before the game for the occasion.

It will also be senior night at Hazel Park, and according to coach Geri Fuhr, the school’s cheerleaders are scheduled to perform for the first time this season at a boys basketball game.

“It’s for a good cause,” Fuhr said of the game. “We know some people in the stands that have survived cancer, so I’m sure it’s a nice thing for them to know that our school and the kids in our community are trying to give back. It’s going to show what basketball can do to help others in need.”

Royal Oak coach Michael Massucci credits Hazel Park for putting the game together.

“Whenever you can use what you do to benefit others, I think it’s a win-win,” he said. “Whenever you can remind young people that what they are doing is important, I think it’s healthy.”

The charity game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Hazel Park.

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