CHATHAM, NJ - The soaring Chatham boys basketball team and their fans helped raise some spirits on Tuesday night in a "Cancer Stinks" game that benefited the Cancer Foundation.
Cancer survivors Nicholas Tarabokia, 13, and Spencer Jacovini, 12, along with Nicholas' brother, Ryan, 10, all of Berkeley Heights, joined the Cougars on the bench for the game against West Morris won by Chatham, 63-40.
Chatham High graduate Joe Reel, now a varsity assistant coach, set up the game that he started when he was an assistant at Gov. Livingston. Chatham Wealth Management, Atlas Tree Service and the Chatham Athletic Boosters sponsored the event by providing T-shirts and other items sold for the benefit.
The honorary team members wore Chatham basketball jerseys for the game, joined the pre-game meeting and sat on the bench during the game. Afterward, Jacovini thanked the team and handed out "Team Spencer" wrist bands. The Tarabokia brothers handed the team "Cancer Stinks" winter hats.
Blind cancer survivor Spencer Jacovini thanks the Chatham basketball team and gives them "Team Spencer" wrist bands
Chatham crowd gives a standing ovation to childhood cancer survivors
Chatham assistant coach Joe Reel hands out team jerseys to the honorary team members
Nicholas and Ryan Tarabokia during pre-game warmups