Overwhelming support was received for the annual Hoops for a Cure on Jan. 9 at the Cochrane High School.
The event raised about $750 for the Kids Cancer Care Society and featured a doubleheader of games between Cochrane High Cobras and Bow Valley Bobcats junior and senior boys basketball teams.
"The support from the community and both student bodies was tremendous," says Alexandria Zeckenstedt, of the organizing committee. "For both games, the bleachers were full. It was fantastic to see."
"We were extremely happy with how this event turned out, both in raising awareness and funds for such a worthwhile cause."
She believes holding the event during games between local high school teams aided in making it a success.
"I think it helped because this is a community event, and it has community ties so there's greater support."
Also serving on the organizing committee were Teaghan Duffee, Quynn Kuzyk, and Denayah Godlien.
Zeckenstedt says others chipped in to help make it a total school effort.
"The leadership at our school was phenomenal in helping, and we had volunteers from outside come in to run the raffles and donations and everything. It was fantastic."
The fundraiser and awareness night was first organized in 2014 when school multi-sport athlete Brock Wiebe was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It was organized for several years by his sister T. J. while she attended Cochrane High.
The Cobras teams won both of the regular season games of the Rocky View Sports.