Target 4 – Engaged Community Partners. FWSU staff and students will collaborate, innovate, create and conceptualize ideas and learning with local, regional, state, and global partners to make a difference in their community, state, and world.
Action Step – Plan and manage instruction around problems relevant to students and their community and develop solutions for authentic audiences.
Indicator of Success – Students challenge convention and make contributions in their community, state, and world.
Last night at BFA Fairfax, the girls basketball game between Richford and BFA became more than just a game. For a 3rd consecutive year, the BFA Fairfax and Richford High School girls’ basketball and cheerleading teams joined the nationwide effort to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research. The game itself was officially part of the Play 4Kay games (formerly Pink Zone Games), and the score was recorded, but the moment was about more than basketball. It was about two communities coming together to raise awareness for an issue touching so many lives.
There was a packed crowd at the Richard Brown Gymnasium. Fans were encouraged to wear pink to the game, with pink bead necklaces and ribbons being sold before and at the event. A bake sale and ticket sales were also part of the fundraising effort.
All of the proceeds from the game were donated to the University of Vermont Cancer Center. This community service event demonstrates the athletes’ commitment to finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved, and unifying people for a common cause locally.
The game itself has become a large part of the girls basketball season for both BFA and Richford. Last night’s contest was an excellent example of athletic ability, sportsmanship and teamwork by all who participated. The JV game that occurred first was hard fought and exciting. The BFA Cheerleading Squad and the Richford Dance Squad both put on great exhibitions at halftime and between games. The varsity game that ended the night punctuated the importance of the event with an exciting game played end to end!
We are extremely proud of our students for making the pink game more than just a game. Hopefully next year’s event will be even bigger and better! Beyond that we hope the message of raising awareness and giving back to our community continues to resonate in meaningful ways for all of our students.