Read these inspiring Spielman Sports success stories to see how others have used the Spielman Sports program to raise funds.
Upper Arlington Middle Schools - Hoops for a Cure
The ninth annual charity basketball game between two Upper Arlington middle schools, Hastings Middle School and Jones Middle School was held on April 29, 2016. This year, the game took on an extra special meaning as the game honored one of the event's founders, Beth Flory. Beth battled breast cancer for 13-years and succumbed to the terrible disease on February 26, 2016.
In 2007, Hastings Middle School teachers Beth Flory, Kelli Leinbaugh and Brian Niekamp organized a basketball game between staff members from their school and those from Jones Middle School as a fun way to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. Proceeds are raised by ticket sales, t-shirts, a raffle contest for a handmade quilt and gift baskets, and entry fees to a halftime three-point contest. In addition to staff members from the two schools facing off, students from each school will play teachers from their cross-town rival schools. Teachers who play often are adorned in special costumes for the game, and Leinbaugh said she plans to dye her hair pink.
There's a five-point shot incorporated into the game, as well as a "Celebrity Power Play," in which an as-yet unannounced celebrity player will suit up for whichever school's alumni group raises the most money in advance of the event. Staff and students have become very involved in the idea of giving. Teachers and students all join in honoring friends, families and staff members who have battled breast cancer as well as Stefanie Spielman, as this certainly continues in her legacy.
Hoops for a Cure has raised more than $60,000 since 2007 for the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the OSUCCC – James. Last year, the game had a record year and raised more than $18,000! Leinbaugh and Niekamp hope Hoops for a Cure continues to bring the Upper Arlington community together for a good cause for many years to come.
Kenton High School Cheerleaders - Cheer for the Cure
Kenton High School Cheerleaders encouraged their student body organization, parents and fans to Cheer for the Cure and GO PINK for all the home games during month of October. This past year, the squad sold Cheer for the Cure t-shirts in honor of breast cancer awareness month and to raise funds for the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the OSUCCC – James. The Cheerleaders encouraged all who purchased t-shirts to wear them to the pink game that was held on October 16, 2015. The school has been raising awareness and funds for the past serval years for the Spielman Fund and this year raised nearly $3,000!
Northridge High School Volleyball - Pink Night
The Northridge High School students hosted a Pink Night during the volleyball match against Newark Catholic on October 13, 2015. Students were encouraged to purchase and wear their "Green is the new Pink" t-shirt, which got them free admission to the games. The Lady Vikings participated in a Serve-a-Thon and sold the t-shirts prior to the Pink Night to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. Spectators and families were able to attend and were admitted to the game for the student price. The evening featured additional ways to help the volleyball team raise funds, which included; several silent auction items, gift baskets, a 50/50 drawing, and two basket raffles. A bake sale took place during the matches, and a limited number of remaining t-shirts were available for sale as well. A special cancer survivor’s recognition and moment of reflection for those who have lost loved ones to breast cancer was also included in the evening ceremonies. This year, the teams raised over $3,000 to benefit the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the OSUCCC – James.
Marysville High School Girls Soccer - Kick for the Cure
The Marysville High School Girls Soccer team didn’t wear their regular school colors for their game as they “Kicked for the Cure” this Spring. The girls donned pink shirts and apparel to face off against their opponent, while raising money for breast cancer awareness.
"At the very beginning it's not about a soccer game" said Maysville Girls' Soccer Head Coach Rayanne Hartman. "It's about kicking off for the cure and what we can do for everyone within our community." Proceeds were raised through the cost of admission, t-shirt sales and a bake sale. All spectators were encouraged to fill the stands in pink. The team raised $2,000 in support of the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the OSUCCC – James. Kick for the Cure has been a great experience for the Lady Monarchs, but they realize they wouldn’t have been able to pull off the game without the help of the parents. A lot of the parents have taken initiative as they wanted the girls to understand what giving back means and how breast cancer affects so many different people within the community. Making the girls aware of this within the past few years has made all the difference. They know now that breast cancer can affect any age, families and friends, and how they can make a difference in raising awareness and funds while supporting each other through this difficult journey.
Pickerington Central HS – Club HOPE
For the past three years, Pickerington Central High School’s Club HOPE has partnered with the OSUCCC – James for our annual Breast Cancer Awareness football game in October. Through this partnership, we have been able to provide more awareness about breast cancer in the Pickerington community, with our funds directly going to the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. It is with the support of the staff at the OSUCCC – James, that we have been provided with staff for our game and materials to help distribute at our football game. We have been fortunate enough through the generosity of our students, staff, and community to help raise $5,757 over the last three years and are looking forward to our 4th annual game this October.
Stef’s Celebrate Life Tailgate
Stef’s Celebrate Life Tailgate started in 2010 by a group of Stefanie Spielman’s friends wishing to carry on her goal of finding a cure for breast cancer. Our event is a take off of her annual “backyard” party following a breast cancer fundraiser in Columbus, where family and friends were invited. During the past four years, we have raised close to $400,000, allowing us to purchase valuable equipment and technology for the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center. Because of the generosity of many, this equipment is being used on a daily basis by patients receiving treatment and is available to all in need. For more information on this year’s event please visit our website at www.stefscelebratelifetailgate.org.