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Shelbyville High School girls basketball to host Cancer Night

The 2019-2020 Shelbyville High School (SHS) Girls Basketball team will host a special night tagged as “United We Fight” to raise funding and awareness for cancer. The inaugural event is set for Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 during the home game against the Southwestern Lady Spartans. Tip-off is 6 p.m. with various fundraising activities taking place throughout both the junior varsity and varsity games that evening.


Included in the lineup of activities will be a raffle featuring several unique giveaway items, including three Mammograms donated by Major Health Partners (MHP). Tickets for the raffle include 10 different prizes and may be purchased near the main entrance for $1. All proceeds will go directly to MHP’s Relay for Life.


“Relay for Life of Shelby County is honored to be a part of the inaugural “United We Fight” event at Shelbyville High School this year,” said KaLeigh Lee, Relay for Life committee chair. “Cancer is something that affects all communities, and those affected deserve a spotlight to be heard. “United We Fight” is an important step in the fight against cancer by educating the community and making everyone aware of the severity of the disease. Our committee works hard to host Relay for Life each June to celebrate survivors and honor those who have passed. All of the funds our participants raise go to the American Cancer Society to help all types of individuals affected by cancer. It’s been amazing to work with the “United We Fight” group to get this event started, and we’re so excited to participate.”


MHP will provide several facts about cancer that will be announced throughout the games. Lee, who is in her first year as chair of Relay for Life, will address the crowd with a special message about the 2020 event in Shelby County.


Both Shelbyville and Southwestern girls’ teams will rally together to show support of “United We Fight.” Special pink flowers will be hand delivered by the players to those in the stands who have both conquered cancer as well as those who are currently undergoing treatment. The event was created by first year SHS Girls Basketball Head Coach Becca Hoefler as a way to get the team involved in the community.


“It’s very important to me that all the girls on the team work together and know the importance of giving back to the community,” said Hoefler. “Almost every family has been affected by cancer in some form or fashion, and ‘United We Fight’ is a great first step for us to take to honor and support these families and individuals. We are excited to partner with MHP and Relay for Life and hope this is just the start of a great initiative moving forward.”


Other fundraising events during “United We Fight” include pink t-shirt sales and pink Breast Cancer bracelets. Donations will also be accepted for Relay for Life during the event.


For more information regarding “United We Fight,” contact Shelbyville High School Girls Basketball Coach Becca Hoefler at the school.