The two #SMASHCANCER events recently hosted by the Concord High School boys tennis team will wind up netting about $3,500, organizer Judy Pollock said Monday, Sept. 30.
Organizers are opting to donate $2,500 of the proceeds to the Sarah Crane family and another $1,000 to South Bend Memorial Hospital’s Pediatric Oncology Department, according to Pollock.
About 400 T-shirts ($10 apiece) and nearly 1,000 purple bracelets ($1 each) were sold at the eight-team Concord Invitational on Sept. 14 that featured the Minutemen, Jimtown, Penn, Marian, Westview, East Noble, Fort Wayne Snider and Valparaiso.
Players from each team were outfitted in a variety of shirts of their choice, each color representing the battle against a particular kind of cancer or cancers.
The Minutemen followed up with a second date that they also dubbed a #SMASHCANCER event when they hosted Northridge in a dual match a few days later, raising still more funds.
These inaugural events for the Concord boys program gained some of their momentum, as evidenced by all those purple bracelets, by virtue of the area’s well-documented and continuing desire to support Crane, the Elkhart Memorial sophomore who is fighting colon cancer.