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Hoops for a Cure Raises More Than $2,700

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The “Hoops for a Cure” basketball tripleheader at the Monroe Athletic Complex on Saturday raised more than $2,700 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The more than 1,100 fans who attended the games donated the money by purchasing tickets, t-shirts, souvenirs and raffle tickets.

Monroe College and Saunders High School, through the leadership of Blue Devils coach Anthony Nicodemo, teamed up to organize the tripleheader.

"We're grateful that Monroe and Saunders High School collaborated to benefit the JDRF," said Chris Coppola, JDRF special events coordinator.  "The funds that were raised will go to finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, as well as new technologies that can help improve quality of life."

Gary Axelbank, Monroe’s director of sports development and information, said the college was privileged to host the games.

"Along with our own championship teams, this is what the Monroe Mustangs are all about," Axelbank said. "We applied our resources, facilities and desire to do the right thing to give high school players a chance to compete on a first-class court, parents and community a fun time, and at the same time, we contributed to the general good."

As for the games themselves, the first two were one-sided, as Tuckahoe defeated Blind Brook, 55-26, and New Rochelle beat Scarsdale, 63-39. The final game of the day was a thrilling comeback win for the Eastchester Eagles, who erased a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Saunders, 67-56.

Diabetes patient Hannah Lewis, Songcatchers from New Rochelle and the Saunders High School Gospel Choir sang the national anthem at the three games. The fans had a chance to get involved with half-court shots and other games in which they could win prizes from sponsors.

The event was so successful, in fact, that Nicodemo, whose idea it was to hold the event, is already looking ahead to next year.

"We're pleased with how the entire day went," Nicodemo said. "In fact, we've already put in a request to have it at the MAC on the first Saturday of 2013."

From a report by Monroe College Athletics/Gary Axelbank

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