FALCONER - An annual Falconer Central School fundraiser, held by the girls' JV and varsity basketball programs, will be taking a twofold approach this year.
The fourth annual Hoops for Hospice fundraiser will be held at Falconer High School today, where a JV and a varsity game against Maple Grove will be played at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively.
Since its inception during the 2009-10 school year, the event has raised more than $6,500 for Hospice. This year, however, a portion of the proceeds will be donated for the benefit of an opposing player.
According to Emily Scholeno, Falconer's varsity basketball coach, proceeds from the T-shirts sold for the event will go to Amie Adams, a senior on the Maple Grove varsity basketball team who has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
"We wanted to play Maple Grove this year, and a lot of our girls are friends with Maple Grove students," Scholeno said. "In the past, we've done the T-shirts for Hospice; but when we heard that Amie has been diagnosed with cancer, we decided we're going to do it for Amie."
Scholeno said this has contributed to the sale of more than twice as many T-shirts in comparison with previous years.
"We've sold more than 250 shirts between both schools. Usually, if we sell 100 shirts, I'm happy; and that's what we usually sell," she said.
In addition to the T-shirts, the fundraiser will include basket giveaways, Chinese auctions, bake sales and a 50/50.
Originally created as a spinoff of "Coaches vs. Cancer," Scholeno said Falconer's girls basketball teams have run with the idea and made it into a consistent success.
"I do consider this to be a great fundraiser," Scholeno said. "The girls are really getting into it. A lot of schools are doing 'Coaches vs. Cancer,' which is great. But, because we're doing something that's a little bit unique, the girls really feel like it's their own."