The Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has been a wonderful supporter of the MACC Fund since the inception of the WBCA All-Star Games in 1978. The WBCA’s Girls and Boys All-Star Games will be held at the venerable UW Fieldhouse in Madison on June 17 and 18 respectively featuring the top high school graduates in the state. Tickets will be available at the Fieldhouse for games which will take place throughout Friday and Saturday.
In addition to being the best on the court, the players and the coaches excel off the hardwood as well. Players in the state’s five divisions raise funds to benefit the MACC Fund and help children with cancer and related blood disorders. Many generous sponsors, donors and fans will help the WBCA contribute important research dollars to the MACC Fund through the 34th Annual Games. The impressive grand total through the previous 33 games is $1.7 million.
The Coach’s Association is the second longest sustaining sponsor of the MACC Fund following the Milwaukee Bucks which helped in the MACC Fund’s creation during a game at the milwaukee Arena in 1976. Their outstanding fund raising total of $1.7 excluding the 2011 games is the third highest in MACC Fund history following the TREK 100 and Women for MACC.
In addition to playing in the iconic UW Fieldhouse, the players will have a chance to visit with Dr. Paul Sondel who heads the pediatric cancer efforts at the nationally renowned UW Carbone Cancer Research Center. Dr. Sondel, an internationally acclaimed scientist / physician, will speak to the players while they are in Madison. He will be joined by two young students battling cancer who will relate their experiences to the players and coaches to “put a face on the MACC Fund” and their special efforts to support it. The MACC Fund has committed $6.5 million to support research in Madison since the mid 1980s. That research is conducted in the 14,000 square foot MACC Fund Childhood Cancer Research Wing in the Wisconsin Interdisciplinary Medical Research Center (WIMR) of the University of Wisconsin.
The MACC Fund thanks Mike Huser and Tony Scallon, co-chairmen of the Boys’ games, as well as the Girls’ co-chairs, Loren Homb and Sam Mathieson for their dedication and support as the Games Co-Chairs. In addition, the MACC Fund extends its thanks to all of the WBCA coaches, its Executive Committee including its longtime Executive Director Jerry Petitgoue, and Assistant to the Director and Past President Ken Barrett.
Head on over to the Fieldhouse if you are looking for some great hardcourt hoops. You can’t beat the best in high school basketball, especially if it helps the MACC Fund help kids. Thanks a Million, coaches!
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