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Shooting For A Cure for ALS

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The Marian Central Girls Basketball Program has a player, Vannessa Garrelts, whose father, Steve Garrelts, was diagnosed with ALS in April of 2014. After seeing how ALS affects an individual and their family, Vannessa and the 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 fundraiser is being held on Saturday, February 1st during the Crystal Lake Central girls Basketball games.  It is a night to bring the area basketball teams and their communities together.
The Crystal Lake Central Girls Basketball team will be raising funds for Shooting for a Cure for ALS in the following ways.

  • They will be shooting 150 free throws and asking for donations for each made.  They have asked other area basketball teams to do the same.
  • There will be ALS T-Shirts and Bracelets sold at this event
  • There will be a bake sale
  • There will be baskets up for silent auction

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!

Our kickoff Awareness/Fundraising Event is being held on Saturday, February 1st
at Crystal Lake Central HS during the GBB varsity game.
Our 2nd Awareness/Fundraising event will be on Tuesday, February 4th
Grade school GBB teams will be competing at the 6th, 7th and 8th grade levels
Our 3rd Awareness/Fundraising event is on Saturday, February 8th
Miami of Ohio GBB team will have their game dedicated to ALS Awareness and will be wearing new “Shooting for a CURE for ALS” warmup shirts
Our 4th Awareness/Fundraising event will be on Saturday, February 15th
Grade School GBB feeder teams from our area catholic schools will gather to complete their free-throws



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