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SHREWSBURY – The SHS Lady Colonials took on the Fitchburg Red Raiders in one of the most anticipated games of the year last night. As usually, the Colonials played a great game, dominating the competition, and it couldn’t have mattered less, because few were there to care about the score of a basketball game. In fact, I don’t even know what the final score was, and that’s just fine with me.
What we were there for was the Colonials for the Cure evening, to benefit cancer research at UMASS medical center, and it created one of the most powerful nights I’ve ever witnessed in the SHS field house.
The entire evening was put tother as a fund raiser and show of unity to help wipe out cancer, and fans packed the house as the lady Colonials, and the Red Raiders, BOTH dressed in pink took the court for the pre-game ceremonies.
The program was pioneered by team captain Tory Benoit, and raised hundreds of dollars which which will go towards a research program at UMASS. As the announcer talked about the program, he made specific mention of Shrewsbury resident, Kyle P Johnson, who was lost 8 years ago to cancer, and would have been graduating this year with the class of 2010. The moms of all of the students were then invited out onto the court where they were presented with pink carnations by the members of the team.
In the end, both the Colonials and and Red Raiders, long time nemeses on the court, united to show their joint commitment to fighting cancer. The JV and Freshman team as well dressed in pink, along with educators, fans, and even the pink ribbons spotted on band instruments. The Oak Middle School team showed up as well, with a $500 donation of proceeds from their own shoot out at the middle school. Just an amazing and warm feeling.
The score? Whatever… We were winners the moment that these amazing girls stepped onto the court, and showed the caring, leadership and community spirit, that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives, long after all have forgotten who threw the ball through a piece of metal hoop more than the other.