Bernards High Mountaineers will play the Metuchen High Bulldogs on Saturday, February 28 at 1 p.m. at Bernards High in Bernardsville, New Jersey. The game will support the newly formed Team Campbell Foundation.
Both teams are honored to be able to play in what will be Bernards High’s Coach Sandy Whelan’s third Gold Out game in four years. Gold is the awareness color for Childhood Cancer.
Whelan established the Gold Out game during her tenure as the varsity girls basketball coach at Watchung Hills High School to raise money for Campbell Grace Hoyt, the daughter of close family friends from Bernardsville, NJ, the first year she was diagnosed with Anaplastic Ependymoma. Ependymoma is a rare form of Childhood Cancer that affects the brain and spine. Last August, Campbell lost her life to cancer and Whelan, now coaching the Bernards High team, thought that an annual Gold Out game would continue to raise awareness of Childhood Cancers and raise money for the Team Campbell Foundation. The Foundation was recently created to continue Cam’s legacy of love, hope and progress for families affected by Childhood Cancer. Conor McCadden, a junior at Metuchen High, died in December. He had been fighting Osteosarcoma since he was a freshman when he was diagnosed in the spring of 2013. When Whelan reached out to her network to see who would want to play, Coach Pat Mayo, a long-time friend and rival coach immediately responded.
“Conor was an inspiration to us. What better way to honor his name than to play in the game he loved? My players are thrilled to take part in this event.” All proceeds from the event, which will have a halftime shoot-out, a bake sale and special t-shirts for sale will be used by the Team Campbell Foundation to further its mission, including donating half of the proceeds to the Embrace the Kids Foundation in Conor’s memory.
Whelan is thankful that she can continue to raise awareness and remains grateful for all the support from both the Watchung Hills and Bernards players and communities. She serves on the Team Campbell Foundation board, which was created in Campbell’s memory to help other families with children battling childhood cancer. “Many of the players on the Bernards High team are close with the Hoyt family. We have dedicated our season to Campbell and already wear a gold ribbon on our uniforms and gold laces in our basketball shoes. The girls are inspired by Campbell’s tremendous courage; she never gave up, so every time we take the court we honor her fight.” For Campbell’s 7th birthday, Campbell decided to hold her own bake sale to help put smiles on the faces of the other children who were undergoing treatments with her at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Campbell’s Birthday Bake Sale raised over $5,600 for the Joy Fund at Sloan-Kettering.
The Team Campbell Foundation was formed in late 2014 in memory of Campbell Hoyt, who courageously battled Anaplastic Ependymoma, a rare cancer of the brain and spine, for 5 years before passing away in August of 2014 at the age of 8. The mission of the foundation is to improve the lives of families facing a childhood cancer diagnosis through raising awareness, funding research and providing psycho-social enrichment opportunities.
The basketball game will be held at Bernards High at 1pm on Saturday, February 28th. Sponsorship opportunities are available, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone unable to attend the game, but wanting to make a donation can mail checks to Team Campbell Foundation, 48 Stevens St, Bernardsville, NJ 07924. For more information about the Team Campbell Foundation, please visit www.facebook.com/teamcampbellfoundation.