ROXBURY, NJ – It isn't easy to get a 9.5-inch-diameter ball into an 18-inch-diameter basket from 38 feet away. But nobody said curing cancer was easy.
People attending Roxbury High School boys basketball team home games have been trying their hardest to do both. For $2 a shot, the Roxbury High School Interact Club offers game attendees the chance to take half-court shots during each game’s halftime breaks. The money raised by the club, an offshoot of the Roxbury Rotary Club, is donated to a Roxbury-based program raising money to help fight cancer.
“I would say we raised about 70 bucks tonight,” said Roxbury Rotary Club President Steve Alford when halftime ended at a recent Roxbury Gaels game. He said the game, against Morris Hills, wasn’t one of the more heavily attended matches, so the half-court challenge participation was modest.
“But if we do this every night, we raise about a thousand bucks by the time the season’s over,” said Alford.
The money will be given to Layups 4 Life, a fundraising effort created last year by 29-year-old Roxbury High School graduate Dan Exter. He began Layups 4 Life - a 3-on-3 basketball tournament taking place at Roxbury High School on April 10 – as a way of raising money for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Exter, now living in Jersey City, said the hospital saved his life in 2013 after he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
The tournament raised more than $10,000 last year and Exter is hoping to double that this time around. The day-long tournament is open to players 15 and older. It costs $25 per player until April 4. After that day, the price increases by $5.
Registration for Layups 4 Life can be done online.
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