Westmoreland girls basketball program surpasses ‘Hoops for Hospital’ goal

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WESTMORELANDWestmoreland Central School girls basketball program continues to fight cancer “one game at a time.”

For the third consecutive year, the program teamed up with the More Than a Game Foundation to hold a “Hoops for Hospital” benefit. The event, held at Westmoreland Jr./Sr. High School on Jan. 19, featured four benefit games between Westmoreland and rival, Oriskany.

There was a modified B, modified A, junior varsity and varsity game.

A total of $10,500 was raised, far surpassing last year’s total of $5,000.

This year, the proceeds will be donated to Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse. On Monday, Jan. 28, the Westmoreland girls basketball program presented a check to a representative from More Than a Game Foundation before the start of the game against New York Mills. More than a Game will now donate the proceeds to Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

“We are ecstatic over surpassing our fund-raising goal and raising more money than last year,” Jerrid Otis, head coach of the Westmoreland girls varsity basketball team, said.

“I would like to thank everyone who donated and for their support. There truly is so much more to life than basketball, and to be able to make a difference and impact lives in a positive way is empowering and also an important life-lesson for our players. We look forward to continuing to work with More Than a Game Foundation.”

The More Than a Game Foundation is a Syracuse-based non-profit that teams up with local schools to organize “Hoops for Hospital” benefit games and tournaments in all sports to raise funds and awareness in the fight against cancer.

All money raised stays local.

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