The Girls Basketball team attended the 8th Annual Breast Cancer Basketball Challenge Saturday, January 9, 2016 @ Fair Lawn High School.
The Breast Cancer Basketball Challenge was developed at Park Ridge High School in 2006 to raise breast cancer awareness among female high school athletes throughout North Jersey. In April 2011, the Challenge was recognized for its ‘exceptional contribution to the community’ with the New Jersey Governor’s Jefferson Award for Health and Wellness. With the help of Fair Lawn’s girls varsity basketball team, the 8th Annual Challenge will feature four games at Fair Lawn HS with teams from eight Bergen County high schools. In addition to one day of great basketball, the main goal in bringing teams together is to educate the 300 participating student-athletes (and their fans) about the disease. To accomplish this goal, each player will receive a gift bag that includes a ‘Feel Your Boobies’ t-shirt and a variety of breast cancer awareness / educational items courtesy of Leigh Hurst. A breast cancer survivor and the founder of ‘The Feel Your Boobies Foundation’, Leigh’s educational efforts have been covered by The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, the New York Post, E! Entertainment News, Fitness Magazine, Women’s Fitness Magazine, and US Weekly Magazine. Leigh was featured in Daryn Kagan’s book What’s Possible! 50 True Stories of People Who Dared to Dream They Could Make a Difference and is a recipient of the Chase Community Giving Challenge grant. While the foundation’s name does draw attention (and a giggle), it is an ideal match for us in our efforts because 1) the focus is on education 2) their awareness campaign is geared to young women and the information is presented in an energizing way
The highlight of the day is our speaker, Kim Tanis. A breast cancer survivor and Head Coach of the Elmwood Park High School Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team, Coach Tanis will be in attendance for a seventh consecutive year to speak with each team during the postgame receptions about her diagnosis and battle against the disease to date. By sharing her story of survival with participants, it becomes more than four games for a cause . . . it becomes an educational event. To raise funds, we rely on admission, concessions, and raffles with 100% of the proceeds used to cover event costs.