For the last 11 years, Liverpool Middle teachers and faculty members have competed against each other on the basketball court in an effort to raise money for cancer research. But with the LMS building under renovation, the school's LMS vs. Cancer event was moved to the Liverpool Community Church on Fourth Street, featuring some very special guests.
At half-time, Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Rob Murphy, junior Kris Joseph and freshman C.J. Fair stopped by to talk with the students about the importance of school and good character.
"Academics are the most important component to being successful," Murphy said. "And it's even more important to be a good person."
"We're students just like the rest of you," he said. "Without school and academics, we wouldn't be here today."
Fair encouraged the students to set both professional and personal goals and work hard to make them happen.
"That can take you really far in life," he said.
Because the school did not charge admission to the event as they have in the past, LMS science teacher Barbara Salvagni organized the sale of SU's "Unfinished Business" T- shirts, which the teachers and staff wore during the basketball game.
In the end, the game's final score didn't matter because the real winners were the American Cancer Society, which received a donation of $1,180, and the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation, which received a donation of $1,838. LMS social studies teacher Micah Shippee, who organizes the annual game, said that the more than $3,000 raised was a school record.
Submitted by Meghan Piper from the LCSD.