It’s “Nothing But Net” and all for a good cause.
For the second year, Richland 1 will take on Richland 2 in a charity basketball event tonight to raise money for the Palmetto Health Breast Center.
The game, which was postponed after the Oct. 4 floods, starts at 6 p.m. Thursday at Keenan High School, 361 Pisgah Church Road.
Not only will there be a basketball game played between employees of the two school districts, but there will be a breast cancer survivor celebration/recognition presentation, a mascot line dancing competition and a free-throw shooting contest.
“Breast cancer is a disease that has impacted everyone in some way,” said Traci Young Cooper, chair of the Richland 1 Palmetto Health Breast Cancer Walk for Life Fundraising Campaign. “This game has become a great event to rally both school communities around a common goal – eradicating breast cancer. Through a fun-filled, friendly competitive game, we blend our efforts and talents, raising critical funds and awareness for this disease.”
Fans never know who they will see on the hardwood – including school board members, superintendents, principals and teachers. “I am amazed by the outpouring of generosity, philanthropy and support for this campaign,” Young Cooper said.
At last year’s inaugural event, Richland 1 won the free-throw shooting contest and raised the most funds. But Richland 2 won the basketball challenge by two points, snaring the trophy that has been displayed at its district office the past year.
Last year, the districts combined to raise nearly $100,000 to support the Palmetto Health Breast Center and help fight breast cancer. Again this year, proceeds will benefit the Palmetto Health Breast Center through the Palmetto Health Foundation’s Walk for Life/Race for Life, which is set for Saturday.
While fans will see the school districts competing against each other, there is some definite camaraderie involved, Young Cooper said. “The ultimate aim is to celebrate the power and strength we have together.”
Tickets are $5 for ages 6 and up; free for children under 6. Tickets may be purchased at Richland 1 and Richland 2 district offices, and at the door. All tickets that were purchased prior to the flood will be honored.
Lezlie Patterson, Special to The State