Once again, the Pittsburgh All-Star Footballers basketball team came to town to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. On May 10, the gym of Wheeling Park High, normally a sea of red, white and blue, was awash with Pittsburgh's gold and black. Before the game started at 8 p.m., American Cancer Society representative Brady Brookes thanked the high school for all its hard work in the battle against cancer.
Fans were treated to a game between the senior class and the Park faculty. Although the students gave them a run for their money, the faculty prevailed. Then, a game featuring the future basketball standouts was held, and just before the Steelers took the court, there was a 3-point shot contest. When announcer Mark Delbrugge announced that the Steelers had arrived, the fans began to cheer. They roared as the Pittsburgh players from WVU were introduced, and went wild when Antonio Brown came onto the court.
Even though players on both sides played to win, the air was filled with good will. The fans cheered when either team hit a 3 pointer or grabbed the rebound. Outside the gym area, it was a carnival atmosphere, including face-painting, raffles, and a bake sale.
Three Relay For Life teams co-sponsored the event. More than $10,000 was raised to fight cancer that night. Plans are already in the works for next year's game. Organizers of the event wish to thank all of their helpers, whether they donated their time to work, sold tickets, gave something to be raffled, baked for the bake sale, or helped in any way; all of the Coaches and Players for the Basketball Teams; the Wheeling Park High School Football Parents for manning the concession stands; the Referees who donated their time; and, of course, all of the generous Sponsors and Partners.
The Sponsors include: Platinum Sponsor - Patsy and Lee Glessner; Gold Sponsors - Eastern States Packaging, Greco's, Lamar, Dr. William C. Mercer, Mountain River Physical Therapy, and WTRF-TV 7 and Fox Ohio Valley; Silver Sponsors Ace Garage, Brynn E. Bear's Ice Cream, Panhandle Cleaning & Restoration, State Farm Agent Chad Broadwater, and Ye Olde Alpha; Bronze Sponsors Abbey's Restaurant & Lounge, Doors Unlimited, Glessner & Associates, The Health Plan of the Upper Ohio Valley; The Intelligencer/News-Register, and Wheeling Coin; Special Contributors Cave Club, Comprehensive Breast Care Center and Schliffler Cancer Center at Wheeling Hospital, Spic 'n Span Cleaners, Ohio County Board of Education, and Melvin and Carol Kahle.
The Law Enforcement Partners include: Wheeling Police Department, Ohio County Sheriff's Department, and the West Virginia State Police.
The Media Partners include: The Intelligencer/News-Register, WTRF TV-7 and Fox Ohio Valley, Clear Channel, David Bloomquist Morning Talk Show, Wheeling Park High School/TV-Communications Technology, JACK-FM, WKKX, and WKWK Mix 97.3.
It takes a Team to fight against cancer, and the Ohio Valley community provided team work on and off the Court! Thank you.
Relay for Life in Ohio County will be held on August 9 at the Good Lake, Wheeling Park. Contact Cathy Northcraft for more information at 304-242-4280.
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