Great Hollow Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District held its fifth annual Coaches vs. Cancer event on Oct. 13. Each year, the coaches plan a day for the school teams to host a game, and students and faculty are invited to watch them participate in various after-school sports. It is a schoolwide effort to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
Thanks to the help of the PTA, student and adult volunteers, the event raised close to $2,400. Donations came from students, teachers, staff and parents.
More than 275 student-athletes took to the fields to compete – including football, field hockey and boys and girls soccer – and another 250 students came out to support the cause. The cheerleaders and kickline performed during halftime at the football game. The cross-country and girls tennis teams helped to collect donations from spectators.
“The entire school showed great support and amazing spirit to help make this event successful,” said organizer and coach Colleen McKillop. “The coaches praised all the student-athletes for their efforts on the field, as well as their choice to be involved in a very important cause. Cancer claims millions of lives each year, and the Great Hollow family wanted to do something to combat that. We believe every little bit helps.”
Photo Caption: Great Hollow Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District raised $2,400 during its annual Coaches vs. Cancer event on Oct. 13.
Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District