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LETTERS: Girls Modified teams do more than learn basketball

To the editor:

Coach Axelson and I would like to thank all the players on both the seventh and eighth grade girls modified basketball teams this past season for their efforts in fundraising with “Free Throws vs. Cancer.”

The seventh and eighth grade players and coaches wanted to support their fellow teammate as her mom battles cancer. In early October, Diane Tedesco moved to Buffalo to start a series of treatments at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

When the season started on Jan. 2, the players and coaches wanted to support the Tedesco family and teammate Danielle Tedesco.They decided on a fundraiser that involved all 28 girls shooting 100 free throws over two weeks at practice.

The free throw shooting was the easy part of the fundraising. The more difficult part of the project was raising money through sponsorship.

The girls really stepped up and raised an incredible amount of money to help a teammate’s family. We are so proud of you, as both basketball players and community-minded members.

Members of the seventh grade team are: Mckinley Dennison, Caitlin Clonan, Mairin Rogers, Julia Gavilondo, Katelyn Hale, Olivia Catania, Tori Slocum, Carli Cunningham, Saige Ackerman, Danielle Tedesco, Lauren Howard, Emily Blanchard, Lucy Connor and Megan Henderson.

Members of the eighth grade team are: Jillian Britton, Maddy Langey, Sydney Levinson, Leah Enders, Kaylee Cunningham, Cally Griffin, Katie Marshall, Jenna Britton, Maria Stalder, Bella Wheeler, Lillie Hunt, Ava Gurney, Maria Groetz and Morgan Mapstone.

Mark G. Evans

Coach, eighth-grade girls Basketball Team

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