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Lacing up against pediatric cancer

North community, auto dealer team up

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LINDEN — North Montgomery Schools and Christi Hubler Chevrolet are teaming up in the fight against cancer.

Sponsored by the dealership, North Montgomery High School will host Lacing Up Against Pediatric Cancer — a national fundraising program created in 2011 that aims to defeat cancer in children — today during both the girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball games.

Several events are scheduled before and during the night’s competitions, including recognition of Charger families struggling with pediatric cancer, two shoot-a-thons and a K9 Crew trick dog show.

“It’s going to be an exciting night,” NMHS athletic director Matt Merica said. “We’ve had so many North families affected by cancer in one way or another. It’s great to see everyone come together and raise money for such a worthy cause.”

In the days leading up to tonight’s event, 150 pairs of golden shoelaces were delivered to each school in the district. Students could then buy and lace the shiny strings into their own shoes. The school which sold the most shoelaces and has the highest percentage of its student body at the game, will receive a $500 prize. Schools in second and third places will receive $200 and $100, respectively.

Students who wear their golden laces to the game will get in free of charge.

“Clayton Randolph, one of the assistant basketball coaches and coach of the junior varsity, deserves a lot of credit for putting this
together,” Merica said. “He organizes lots of events for the kids and works with them and their careers.”

Proceeds from the shoelace sale will go to the Go4theGoal cancer fundraising organization, which will then distribute them to families at Riley Hospital for Children; proceeds from the shoot-a-thons will go toward pediatric cancer research.

Tickets for the shoot-a-thons will be available until the boys’ game begins at 8 p.m. They are listed at $5 each with a grand prize of $10,000 for the winner (four participants will be chosen at random for each shoot-a-thon, which consist of a layup, a free throw, a three-point shot and a half-court shot, all within 25 seconds). The shoot-a-thons will take place between the first and second quarters and between the third and fourth quarters of the boys’ game.

Those interested in participating in the shoot-a-thons are encouraged to arrive early as tickets may sell out quickly, and students wearing golden laces must register before the start of the girls’ game at 6 p.m. for their school to receive credit.

“These families have inspired us through their journey and brought the community closer together,” the school announced on social media.

For more information about today’s events, contact the high school at 765-362-5140. To learn more about Lacing Up Against Pediatric Cancer and Go4theGoal, which sell the golden laces and other awareness-raising gear, visit online at www.go4thegoal.org. Donations also can be made at www.donate.go4thegoal.org/team/273612.

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