Teachers at New Hyde Park Memorial High School teamed up for a great cause when they participated in the school’s annual Faculty Charity Basketball Game which benefited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The game raised $2,742 for the organization, which was selected to benefit by the school’s Key Club. Varsity basketball coach Donald Rood organized the event and Principal Dr. Richard Faccio served as referee. The funds collected were raised through ticket sales, raffle tickets and a bake sale. In addition, the Key Club organized a Denim Day raising an additional $320 for the organization. In all, more than $3000 will be donated to St. Jude.
Varsity Basketball Coach Mr. Donald Rood also added that, “This is just one of the various community service and charitable events that New Hyde Park Basketball is involved in. For the last 19 years, New Hyde Park Basketball has conducted a Coaches vs. Cancer Basketball 3 on 3 tournament to raise money for the American Cancer Society. In that time, we have donated over $20,000 to help those with cancer. In addition for the last 9 years, we have co-sponsored with our local Elks lodge a holiday basketball clinic for local elementary school students and for the last 5 years we have participated in the Hoops for Heart program.”
New Hyde Park Basketball is a great example of athletes who continuously lead by example with their volunteer efforts.
1. New Hyde Park Memorial Teachers dressed in blue and white when they faced off at the annual Faculty Charity Basketball Game.
Photos courtesy of the Sewanhaka Central High School District