On Tuesday evening, Indiana Area Senior High School hosted a select group of Steelers who graciously participated in a charity basketball game.
However, the part that truly provided the entertainment of the evening was a group of teachers who stepped up and played against the over-towering Steelers. The doors opened at 7 p.m. to let the excited crowd into the gymnasium. The game began at 8 p.m. with the Steelers thrilling the crowd as they entered the gym.
Leadership Seminar, with the help of other popular clubs including Future Business Leaders of America Association, Key Club and Student Government Association, all pitched in to make the event a success.
Leadership Seminar sold tickets for $7, raffled off Steelers items, and also sold 50/50 tickets. All the money raised through the event will benefit children with cancer, including one particular student at the high school. That student is Douglas Adams who has been fighting cancer for the past couple months. During the game, Doug’s father inspired the crowd by informing everyone that Doug has indeed been winning that battle.
Leadership put many hours into planning the event. Senior Ben Manecke said, “The overall goal for the Steelers vs. Teachers basketball game is to raise money and awareness for cancer. And also, to have a great time watching the Pittsburgh Steelers embarrass our teachers.”
During the game senior Ben Manecke and junior Chase Edgar served as courtside announcers while the two teams battled throughout four quarters.
The Steelers that attended the event were Charlie Batch, Ryan Mundy, Cameron Heyward, Ross Ventrone, Kelvin Beachum, and former Steelers great, Louis Lipps. The players also participated in a halftime autograph signing period for all fans.
The Indiana teachers’ team included Don Bowers, Eric Brocious, Phil Palko, Mark Rend, Mike Neal, Brian Schreyer, Mike Reig, Mark Zalinskas, Jeff Duffee, Matt Scaife, Mike Tshudy, Brian Henninger, Keaton Stants and Scott Layden.
Even though the actual score wasn’t the most important part of the evening, the teachers worked as hard as they could throughout the game and had an excellent second half. The game ended with a Steelers’ team victory by a score of 81-32.
This event not only brings joy to the people who will benefit, but also to those who plan it.
Senior Molly Masterson said, “I love to help plan benefits. I may not be able to see who I help, but knowing that I can make a change in someone’s life means a lot. This event benefits someone at our school as well as kids in hospitals. It’s great that I can help, even in a small way.”
It was a spectacular evening where many people came together to work for the cause of raising money for a foundation that is well deserving and needed.