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Absegami to Host Coaches vs. Cancer Game Tonight

Proceeds from girls basketball event will benefit charities.

There are opportunities throughout a basketball game and all over the
hardwood to act like a selfless player.

Meghan Tracey teaches her players to live life that
way off the court as well.

The Absegami girls' basketball team will host Egg Harbor Township 7 p.m.
tonight, Jan. 6, in Galloway Township in a Coaches vs. Cancer Game to help benefit the American Cancer Society.

The Braves raised $800 last season and hope to surpass that total this
year.

“I think it’s the third one and we try to make it very big,” Tracey said. I
try to teach the girls to give back.”

The event started when Tracey and Eagles coach Karen Shutz wanted to honor the memory of former Egg Harbor Township coach Beth Hartman, who died in 2007 from cervical cancer.

The teams will wear teal socks, the color symbolizing cervical cancer, but
there will also be teal T-Shirts sold as well as pink, the color used to raise
awareness for breast cancer.

Absegami senior MacKenzie Wimberg, who isn’t playing this season because of an injury, has spearheaded the effort to make ribbons for the Wall of Hope, which will be set up in the gymnasium tonight.

Fans can put up a ribbon in memory or in honor of someone that will be
pinned to the Wall of Hope.

“I’m very happy I’m doing it,” Wimberg said. “I did some things last year,
but I’m able to do a lot more this year because of my injury. It feels good
helping other people.”

She added: "We are all excited for this game. We did it the past three
years. We get pumped up to do as much as we can for people who have certain
problems.”

Fans will be asked to donate $1 for admission tonight. There will also be
chances to win three gift baskets and buy food with all money benefitting the charities.

The Absegami Basketball Booster Club is playing an integral part in the
night, from the shirts, baked goods, giveaways and gift baskets.

“I think it’s awesome,” Booster Club President Marcy Adams said. “The coach gets the girls involved. I think everybody should give back to the community. She started it and we elaborated on it. It’s a wonderful idea and it’s a wonderful cause.”

The Club will be throwing socks and stuffed basketballs out to the crowd
during the game. They also helped land the gift baskets, which are provided by Harrah’s, Island Gym and

“It should be fun,” Adams said.

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