Section V high school basketball players and cheerleaders to take part in annual Ronald McDonald House All-Star game
Posted at: 03/04/2013 4:54 PM
| Updated at: 03/04/2013 6:06 PM
By: Robin De Wind | WHEC.com
Sectional champions were crowned this weekend, but some local players will have the chance to put on their jersey one last time. The annual Ronald McDonald House All-Star games will be held later this month.
75 Section V high school basketball players and cheerleaders will take part in the 28th annual Ronald McDonald House All-Star games.
The players and cheerleaders represent 66 schools throughout Section V. The seniors are selected by representatives and coaches in each of the 14 high school basketball leagues. The games showcase the talent of these local athletes and also allows them to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House which supports families with children being treated for serious illnesses at area hospitals. Over the past 26 years, the games have raised more than $200,000.
The students got a tour of the house Monday and met some of the families. The kids say it's a great opportunity to play one last time and to help others.
Brian Sortino, of Fairport, said, “It's exciting. I'm honored to be selected. I can play with my friends one last time. When we lost in sectionals, I didn’t want to take off my jersey. Now i get to wear it one last time. It's awesome.”
Kara Houppert, of Webster Thomas, said, “It's a great honor to be playing. When I went to New York City for my brother, they do a great job and I really appreciate it. My brother has early Parkinson's disease. We go to New York and stay there when we visit his doctor and we 100% appreciate it.”
The double header will be held on Saturday March 23 at Gates Chili High School. The girls game will start at 1:00p.m. The boys game at 3:00 p.m. with Ronald McDonald House All-Star cheerleaders performing at half time of the boys game.