SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood High School girls varsity basketball team took the court on Monday for the team's annual charity game. This year all of the proceeds from the game go to benefit Nicholas' Trek with Tourettes, which is spearheaded by Appleby fourth grader Nicholas DeLieto. DeLieto was diagnoised with Tourettes five years ago and began his trek last year when he and his family participated in the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders spring Virtual Walk. The DeLieto family raised more than $2,500 for the cause and are embarking on another trek for 2019. This year's DeLieto's goal is to raise $3,000.
"It was very heartwarming to see all the love and support our family received for Nicholas yesterday," said Ashley DeLieto, Nicholas' mom. "We are overwhelmed and very thankful that he was chosen for the benefit game. Nicholas also stated he was very overwhelmed and thankful for everyone and the close friends, family and former teachers that came out to support him. Nicholas also went around and thanked everyone pesonally that came out to support him."
Spotswood girls varsity head coach and borough native, Vincent Vizzi decided to play this year's charity game for Nicholas' Trek with Tourettes after reaching out to DeLieto's mom earlier this season.
The Chargers came up short in the game, losing to JP Stevens HIgh School 43-41 on the court. The game was a tight back and forth. Spotswood went into the halftime break down 22-19 and was outscored by JP Stevens 22-21 in the final two quarters.
Kayle Gatling was the top scorer in the game, netting 17 points for JP Stevens. Jessica Addesso was Spotswood's high scorer, dropping 11 points. Savannah Robinson scored 10 points for the Chargers while Amber Meagher had eight points. Maddie Hellerich added six points and grabbed nine rebounds. Paige Dadika chipped in four points and pulled down nine rebounds and block four shots.
The loss drops the Chargers overall record to 7-14. Spotswood heads to Perth Amboy Tech on Friday. Tip off is at 6 p.m.
All of the proceeds from Monday's game go towards Nicholas' Trek with Tourettes. For more information on DeLieto's quest, visit his webpage. The goal of NJCTS' Virtual Walk is to raise awareness about Tourettes and the kids, teens, adults and families who face a daily struggle with the disorder. The virtual walk encourages children and adults with Tourettes and other tic disorders along with their families to partner up for a walk, run or special family activity to help raise awareness about the disorder with many settling up donation pages.