Westmoreland – The Westmoreland Bulldogs girls basketball program is developing a charitable program that is becoming a tough act to follow. But, for the third year in a row, they have done just that.
Saturday marked the third consecutive year that the Lady Bulldogs Modified, JV and Varsity Basketball Teams have hosted “Hoops for the Hospital” benefit games, with all proceeds going to the Golisano Children’s Hospital Pediatric Unit.
The goal for this year was $7.500.00, which the Lady Bulldogs hoped to raise through a huge auction, featuring numerous items and baskets donated by local families and businesses, a bake sale, food concession sales and 50 / 50 raffles in each of 4 games on today’s card.
By the time the dust settled on the event, more than $10,000 had been raised!
While hundreds of fans from the contiguous towns were treated to games at the modified (2 games) JV levels, the highlight of the day saw the Lady Redskins and Lady Bulldogs varsity teams square off in front of easily the biggest crowd of the day.
The Lady Redskins prevailed on the court by the score of 45-27, led by 14 points from Aeron Hamm and 13 points from Maddelyn Hoehn.
Westmoreland got 8 points from Ashley Murphy and 6 points apiece from Emily Kernan and Lauren Murphy.
Congratulations to the players, coaches, volunteers and family members of Westmoreland girls basketball program on this incredible effort . Thanks to the Oriskany girls basketball players and fans as well for playing such a large role in the success of this tremendous event.
Editor’s Note: Special thanks to the Westmoreland Central School District for making us aware of this event a few weeks ago, so that we could plan to attend. After spending a little while at this event on Saturday, a few things became very obvious. First, the collective effort that went into the organization and implementation of such a large fundraising effort, by a small town school, is nothing short of amazing. Second, while basketball was obviously an important part of the day, unselfishness and giving were the higher priorities. Lastly, think about challenges facing student athletes, like balancing academics, athletics and responsibilities at home on a daily basis. Think about the challenges facing coaches, parents and volunteers in the same time frame. Pulling together for a single day event that generates 10,000 + dollars for a charitable cause is truly a remarkable community accomplishment and an inspiration to everyone. Thank you !