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Shooting For A Cure for ALS

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The Miami of Ohio Basketball Program has a player, Vannessa Garrelts, whose father, Steve Garrelts, was diagnosed with ALS in April of 2014 and since has lost his battle from this horrific disease on March 24, 2020. After seeing how ALS affects an individual and their family, Vannessa and her high school team Marian Central Girls Basketball Program wanted to make a difference, not only for their teammate but for the community affected by this horrific disease. That is how Shooting for a Cure for ALS was born.

Shooting for a Cure for ALS  had been a fundraiser event for the past 6 years with area schools and teams participating in Vannessa’s hometown of Spring Grove, IL. It is a night to bring the area basketball teams and their communities together. But due to COVID, fundraising the way we knew it is not an option. Miami of Ohio still felt compelled to bring awareness through the love of basketball and support their player and her family.

This year we are teaming up with TEAM GLEASON to help raise money and provide direct support to individuals and families living with ALS. Team Gleason aims to empower individuals living with ALS by providing the innovative technology, equipment, care services, and adventures needed to continue living purposeful and productive lives. 100% of the money we raise will directly benefit those battling ALS. Support the event and Team Gleason by making a donation to our page! Learn more about Team Gleason here

Sports can make such a great difference and impact people’s lives in so many ways, especially those who have faced struggles or unfortunate life situations. These athletes are using their athletic abilities and love for the game to make a difference. The power and beauty of sports can bring communities together and help solve social issues by working together and creating a truly unique and impactful experience.

If you are unable to make a monetary donation, help us reach our goal by sharing on social media or sending an email with your family and friends who may be interested in contributing.

To learn more about ALS and what it does to the body, visit:

Upcoming Events!

• Crystal Lake Central men's and women's basketball programs along with their opponents McHenry HS is hosting an ALS " Shooting for a CURE for ALS " Awareness/Fundraising event 
Friday, January 21st 
6:00 Girls Varsity Game
7:30 Boys Varsity Game
• Miami of Ohio WBB program along with their opponents, Eastern Michigan WBB, will have their game dedicated to ALS Awareness and will be wearing new “Shooting for a CURE for ALS” warmup shirts. 
Saturday,  January 29th at 2pm EST 


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