Hoops For Hope
The Pennsbury Falcons dominated the WBCB team on the court Wednesday night. However, around the court WBCB 1490 AM captivated Fairless Hills.
For the past two years, the Bucks County radio station has put together the event Hoops For Hope. This charity basketball game, hosted by Pennsbury High School, gives all proceeds to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Fairless Hills.
Wendy Coons was the leader for the 2016 event. She has worked with WBCB for a collective 25 years and volunteered with Relay For Life for 14 years. This year Coons herself was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer.
“When anyone hears that diagnosis,” she said inside the Pennsbury East gymnasium, “you already become a survivor.”
Coons explained events like Hoops For Hope gives Relay For Life the ability to give someone going through cancer an extra hand.
“I am sharing my journey,” Coons lent a voice of hope, “and I am thankful for everyone that is a part of it.”
The WBCB staff put together a fierce team, took to the court April 12th, and went up against a mix of Pennsbury Falcons’ players and coaches. By halftime, WBCB was down at least 15 points.
That did not stop the steady flow of half-court shots for donation and prizes. Spectators watched four close shots, two rim shots, an air ball and one giant swoosh!
Concessions were available along with more than a dozen raffle items. WBCB’s partial owner, Voice of the Eagles Merrill Reese, donated a signed picture, greatest plays CD and a Hall of Fame inductee long-sleeve t-shirt.
More than 50 people gathered in the Pennsbury gym Wednesday night. The WBCB team, with Coons by their side, raised $1,030 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Fairless Hills.
The game, on the other hand, ended with a score of 69-40. Pennsbury Falcons were victorious for the second straight year.
Sam Goldberg, 10 points 4 assists 4 rebounds
Mike Samsel, 7 points 4 rebounds
Dave Uram, 5 points 1 rebound
Matt Daly, 4 points
Pete Innaurato, 3 points 1 rebound
Matt St. Onge, 2 points 4 rebounds
Jack Speers, 2 points 1 rebound
Trevor Newcomb, 6 rebounds, 3 assists
Nick Fili, 3 rebounds
Chris Ermer, 1 steal 3 rebounds
Bob Giaquinto, 1 steal 2 rebounds
Rich King, ½ a steal
Rob Brinkman, contributor
Charlotte Reese, solid defense
Special thanks to announcer Bill Rednor, play-by-play voice Matthew Mirro and tech crew Marc Indelicato.
The next event for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Fairless Hills is Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25, 2017. This is a 24-hour community and volunteer event at Pennsbury High School.
The goal is to have people constantly moving around the track for 24-hours. This event will demonstrate that Relay For Life fights back against this terrible disease and is committed to creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays!
(Photo Credit: Jack Kapp)