The Arlington Coaches vs. Cancer program moved outside this year with a new set of activities to recognize the event.
The Arlington High School Boys Basketball booster club usually holds a game night each year in support of local community members dealing with cancer and to raise funds for the American Cancer Society and a scholarship.
Basketball player Grayson Falk, who has a mother who has dealt with cancer, said he enjoys the event each year.
“I just love the community. Everyone comes together and they’re so supportive of one another. They just want the best and for everyone to have a good time,” he said. “It means a lot to me that our basketball community can come together like that.”
He said the game is always good to be a part of.
“We usually have a game and the environment there is so fun. It’s one of the best days in the whole year,” said Falk.
Gavin Hawthorne, an Arlington High School basketball player, said he enjoys supporting a good cause.
“It’s important to help people in need and raise money for cancer,” he said.
Because of COVID-19 precautions the annual Coaches vs. Cancer game couldn’t be held as it normally is, but parents still wanted to put together some type of event.
“We are hosting our annual Coaches vs. Cancer program outdoors because we cannot do it during a typical game this year,” said Caryn Brown, a local parent and member of the booster club. “We wanted to do the things we usually do for the community with our pink shirts, the gift basket raffles and the bake sale.”
They thought about what could bring people down and thought of the Dick’s Drive-In food truck.
“They so graciously said yes and they are rounding up orders today to help us raise funds for the American Cancer Society,” said Brown.
In addition to the food truck and fundraisers, basketball players helped collect shirts and other donations at a drive-thru textile donation drive.
“We have the players involved with our textile drive and fundraising efforts here,” said Brown. “That was nice to have them get together to do something.”
During the game a couple of honorary coaches are usually honored, and they were honored during the March 6 event as well.
One community member was going through a brain cancer diagnosis while another was receiving breast cancer treatment.
“We want to recognize them for their battle and their family for their battle, and give them just a day to forget about it and be celebrated,” said Brown.
The event took place on 2nd Street in downtown Arlington behind City Hall and the line was filled with dozens and dozens of community members.
“This is the most people I’ve seen on this road in Arlington and I’ve lived in Arlington my whole life,” said Hawthorne.
Falk was glad that something was able to be put on for Coaches vs. Cancer this year.
“Just the fact that we’re able to bring this together in these COVID times is really good,” he said.