Feb. 8, 2005
Eight-year-old Samantha Gardner walked back to her classroom with the other kids following lunch. She sat down at her desk and pulled out her pencil and book for the next lesson. She leaned over to say something to the girl next to her. That's when she felt a pain in her neck. It was cancer.
Children and adults around the world are diagnosed with cancer every day. Women's Basketball Coach Chancellor Dugan lost her father to cancer. Several Lady Owls currently have family members who have been diagnosed with the disease.
The team is not standing pat, however. The Lady Owls are doing something to strike back.
The Lady Owls Feb. 19 game against Gardener-Webb is "Hoops for Hope" night. A portion of the ticket sales and concessions will go to the local American Cancer Society to help in the fight against the deadly disease.
"Hoops for Hope" t-shirts will also be sold for $5, and Bank Atlantic has agreed to sponsor a halftime shooting contest. For every 3-pointer made, Bank Atlantic will donate $75. Every made free throw garners $25 and layups are worth $5. There will also be a ceremony recognizing all cancer survivors.
"This is the first time we've done anything like this," said Shelly Binegar, assistant athletic director for the Owl Club. "We're hoping to make it an annual event."
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