BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – Cancer hit the Fort Madison High School basketball programs hard in 2016 and Friday will give area fans a chance to hit back.
At the varsity boy’s and girl’s matchups with Keokuk, fans will be able to take part in some fun activities and be part of a nice evening of good basketball and helping knock back cancer.
FMHS Boys’ Head Coach Ryan Wilson said several members of the program have been impacted by the disease in 2016.
“The big thing is not only do a lot of families get hit with cancer, and that’s a very unfortunate situation, but our programs got hit hard this year, too,” Wilson said. “My mom and my two assistant coaches and our head girls coach. So it was one of those things that kind of made sense.”
The traditional Chuck-A-Duck throw will take place on Friday. Fans can purchase a rubber duck for $1 and then at one time all the ducks are thrown into the middle of the floor at a target and the closest duck wins half the money, with the other half going to support Relay for Life and American Cancer Society.
Other events that night will include a 50/50 raffle with proceeds being split between the winner and the charity. The freshman class will be hosting a spaghetti dinner during the games and they will also have some raffles going on, one of which will benefit ACS. There will also be a shooting contest at halftime of the girls’ game where fans can shoot a 3-pointer and win coupons to area businesses.
Wilson said he’s just hoping that the the gym is full, some money is raised to help those battling the disease, and people have come out for a good time, some good food and some good basketball. And Wilson, who’s typically in a suit with Fort Madison red, may even be wearing sneakers with his suit. Maybe…you’ll just have to come out and see.
“You hear about this big at the college level,” Wilson said. Coach (Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski) K and Coach (Kansas coach Bill) Self do it and you see them wearing sneakers with suits. Just a thought of how we can give back to the community and give back to Relay for the Life and American Cancer Society.