Number of Participants: 66
Hours Donated: 1
Value of Time Served: $558
Event Amount Raised: $10,000
Event Type: Health & Medicine
School: Pittsford-Mendon High School
Date: March 6, 2021
Pittsford Mendon High School
Mendon Road, Pittsford
The Pittsford Central School District 2020-21 Rainbow Classic Basketball Games raised over $10,000 for the Pediatric Behavioral Health and Wellness Building at Golisano Children’s Hospital. Due to COVID-19, the Rainbow Classic was reconfigured into a three-game series with livestream coverage of the Basketball Games on February 23, March 3 and March 6. With only two spectators allowed in the gymnasium per game, Pittsford Schools provided a livestream link for Pittsford students, families and community members to watch the games remotely at a suggested donation cost of $10 per ticket. Community members were also invited to take a virtual tour of the Golisano Pediatric Behavioral Health and Wellness Building at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwmxGVgP1zU, and could make direct donations at www.Givetokids.urmc.edu/rainbow.
In the first game of the three-game series on February 23, Pittsford Mendon Boys Varsity Basketball took the win over Sutherland with a final score of 74 to 40. In the second game on March 3, Pittsford Mendon Girls Varsity Basketball won 85 to 39 against Sutherland; and in the final of the three-game series on March 6, Pittsford Mendon Boys Varsity Basketball won 76 to 50 over Sutherland.
Since the Rainbow Classic began in 2001, PCSD has raised over $500,000 for Golisano Children’s Hospital. Funds raised from this friendly cross-town competition have supported various projects at the hospital including Pediatric Intensive Care Unit patient rooms, the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorder Program, the Teen Lounge, the Pediatric Palliative Care Program, and more.
The Rainbow Classic started as an idea of a parent, a student-athlete and a coach in memory of Park Road Elementary School student Katelyn Pasley. It later expanded to include the memory of 2002 Sutherland High School graduate Ryan McCluski. Both were patients at the Golisano Children’s Hospital, and the name for the Rainbow Classic was inspired by Katelyn Pasley who drew rainbows while in the hospital. The event now honors the memory of many Pittsford students and has become so popular that it sells out year after year as students, staff and families come together to support the Golisano Children’s Hospital and pay tribute to the memory of loved ones. To learn more, please visit the Rainbow Classic Webpage.