Herricks High School athletes successfully organized a number of fundraisers iin October, demonstrating their good character and compassion for others. More than $5,000 in donations was collectively raised to assist veterans in need and to help in the fight against cancer.
The football team joined forces with the Vocational Independence Program to raise $1,700 for the American Patriot Heroes Fund, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the assistance of our nation’s honored heroes. VIP is a life skills program for students with special needs. Volunteers sold T-shirts throughout the week of homecoming, and members of the football team wore black camouflage jerseys for the game in honor of the cause. The game culminated with VIP student and team manager Liam O’Brien scoring a touchdown.
The football program also collaborated with Youth Against Cancer in coordinating the Herricks Tackles Leukemia fundraiser. The initiative benefited the pediatric cancer division at Memorial Sloan Kettering in honor of Ashley Kong, a Herricks High School student who sadly lost her battle with leukemia last year. Ashley, who underwent treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering, is remembered as a beloved student, athlete, friend, daughter and sister who had a passion for life and a courageous spirit.
The event, which raised approximately $3,000, took place during the Herricks vs. Port Washington football game on Oct. 31. Throughout the week, students sold orange T-shirts and bracelets that they, along with faculty members, donned at the game to represent leukemia awareness, research and support. Youth Against Cancer sold baked goods at the game as well, and Ashley’s brother Taylor did the opening coin toss.
The girls volleyball team raised close to $700 in their annual Dig Pink fundraiser to support the Side-Out Foundation, which raises proceeds to support breast cancer research and treatment. The event took place on Oct. 26, when the team took on the Manhasset Indians. The players wore pink jerseys, sold T-shirts throughout the week, held raffles and sold baked goods during the game.
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1: The Herricks High School cheerleaders sported orange in support of the leukemia fundraiser on Oct. 31.