The Fort Lee Lady Bridgemen basketball team hosts Dumont Thursday, but it won’t be any ordinary game. It’s the third annual “Coaches vs. Cancer” game to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
In 2012, the Lady Bridgemen also played host to Dumont for the event. The girls decorated the Fort Lee High School gym to raise awareness of the various forms of cancer, and local businesses and families donated food, drinks and baked goods, with all proceeds from the sale of refreshments going to the organization that funds research and helps people fighting the disease.
The 2012 event brought in more than $900 for the American Cancer Society, but head girls basketball coach Stacie Zafiris-Findanis said the team is hoping to be able to raise even more this year.
“We added a special component to it this year by asking each school to dress in a color of a cancer we have chosen for them to show their support,” she said. “We are trying to stand united as a district in the fight against cancer and also spread the word to the community to come and join us.”
The team is also making this year’s event a recreation night, inviting Fort Lee’s recreation basketball league to join them for the evening, according to Zafiris-Findanis.
Michael Klein, president of the Fort Lee Girls Recreation Basketball League, which last week opened its biggest season yet in terms of the number of players, said he’s “hoping to pack the house” with girls from the rec. league for the Coaches vs. Cancer game.
“We are struggling a bit this year to find wins, but this group is a remarkable group to work with,” the head coach said of her varsity girls.
The Coaches vs. Cancer game against Dumont is Thursday, Jan. 17 in the Fort Lee High School gym.