Knox County high school basketball teams are standing as one in the fight against cancer. On Saturday, December 7, the South Knox Lady Spartans will compete against the North Knox Lady Warriors in the first annual Take a Stand Game. In addition to the on the court match-up, the teams have challenged each other to raise the most funds to benefit the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation to provide cancer treatment services.
Knox County Teams Take a Stand Against Cancer
VINCENNES, Ind. – Two Knox County high school basketball teams are standing as one in the fight against cancer. On Saturday, December 7, the South Knox Lady Spartans will compete against the
North Knox Lady Warriors in the first annual Take a Stand Game. In addition to the on the court match up, the teams have challenged each other to raise the most funds to benefit the Good Samaritan
Hospital Foundation to provide cancer treatment services.
The Take a Stand Game was inspired by South Knox players. “So many of us have, or know someone who has, been affected by cancer,” said Coach Scott Henwood. “The girls wanted a way to give back and asked if they could do a special fundraising game. It’s a way to support this place (the Foundation) that is helping people we know.”
Organizers at both schools are working together to raise funds from across the county. “North Knox has gotten involved and is seeking donations in their area as well,” Henwood said. “This game isn’t just about our rivalry. It’s about the two of us coming together to take a stand against cancer.”
Jennifer Pacheco, director of the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, is impressed with the effort. “It’s wonderful to see our community come together and get kids involved in helping to save lives through philanthropy,” she said.
Donations to the Foundation have been used to provide gas cards for patients to ensure they can afford travel to treatment and to help with out-of-pocket expenses for prescriptions. “In June of this year, a patient was treated for cervical cancer and was unable to afford the cost of her treatments,” explained Pacheco. “We were able to use $700 in donated funds to help cover the cost of her treatments and
medications. Donated funds help save lives!”
Proceeds from t-shirt, ornament and wristband sales at both schools will be donated to the Foundation. All items feature the theme of “Stand. Honor. Celebrate.” to demonstrate that Knox County stands with those who are fighting cancer, honors those who have passed, and celebrates survivors. South Knox will also donate $1.00 from each game ticket sold and promotional partners are invited to participate at the $500 or $200 level.
The Take a Stand Game will take place at the South Knox High School gym, 6136 E State Road 61, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Cheerleaders, the band and dance teams from both schools are participating in events as well. Special remarks will be made at half-time.
To learn about sponsorship opportunities, or for more information, contact Coach Henwood at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-726-4450.
About South Knox High School
Serving 546 students in grades 7th – 12th, the mission of South Knox Middle-High School is to provide exemplary educational opportunities within a safe, nurturing learning environment. The school is dedicated to the optimum academic and personal growth of each student.
About North Knox High School
North Knox Junior Senior High School takes great pride in providing each of our students with the opportunity to get the most out of his or her educational experience. The goal is to provide an environment that both nurtures and encourages students to achieve at the very best of their abilities.
About the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation
The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation exists solely to support Good Samaritan Hospital in its mission to continue to be a regional hospital providing quality care in a patient-centered atmosphere to communities of Knox and surrounding counties. The mission of the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation is to raise private, philanthropic support for Good Samaritan Hospital, its programs, and services to assure the continuation of the delivery of the highest quality medical and health care services that our community deserves and has come to expect.