The Edison H.S. basketball programs will raise awareness of ALS on Thursday, January 14 and Friday, January 15. The Spartan’s efforts are dedicated to Deb Wright, a fifth grade teacher at Cohen Elementary School, who was diagnosed with the disease in the fall of 2015.
On Thursday, the TAE boys teams will wear special warm-up shirts for their games at Odessa-Montour. The JV game starts at 6 p.m. with the varsity to follow.
Friday at 6 p.m., the Edison varsity girls will host Odessa-Montour for ALS Awareness Night. The Spartan players and cheerleaders will wear the special shirts.
The shirts say “TAE Basketball, Fighting ALS the WRIGHT WAY” on the front and “We’re on THE WRIGHT TEAM” on the back.
Fans are urged to wear royal blue and white to show their support. Information from the ALS Association-Upstate NY Chapter will be available in the lobby at the game.
TAE Players and cheerleaders have been collecting donationsfor the ALS Association and donations will be accepted at the door on Friday.
“Deb is a colleague and friend and her son, Lucas, plays for me,” Len Smith, Edison Boys Varsity coach and sixth grade social studies teacher at Cohen, said. “This cause hits very close to home and we want Deb to know that we’re here to support her and her family in any way we can.”
“We make a night like this part of our schedule every year to educate our players, fans and the community and create awareness about worthy causes,” Edison Varsity Girls Coach Terry Day said. “This year it’s very personal. Deb taught many of our players and cheerleaders at Edison when they were in grade school, and we all know Lucas, her daughter Lydia and husband Jim. We stand with everyone in the Elmira Heights School District and the Elmira Heights community to support them.”
ALS (Amyotrohpic Lateral Sclerosis) is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. For more information, and how to support the ALS Association-Upstate NY Chapter, go to webuny.alsa.org