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Lady Griffs host Wounded Warrior Project games

The Lady Griffs will wear camouflage uniforms, to support the Wounded Warrior Project.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute girls basketball program will be holding a Wounded Warrior Project event on Feb. 7, when the Lady Griffs take on Amherst.

The event, which is being put together by Tainne Dallas, a senior on the girls varsity team, will be held at the Springville-Griffith Institute High School. It will be an all-day experience, in which students can give back to injured United States service members.

There will be an assembly at the end of the school day that will feature a guest motivational speaker, followed by a night of activities, throughout the game.

“It’s all for a great cause, and we’re really looking forward to the event,” said Dallas. “We want to make it a fun night, for everyone involved. We’re going to have a lot of activities and contests taking place, throughout the night. We’ll be giving away prizes, in between the junior varsity game and the varsity game, as well as at halftime of both games.”

Some of the contests will include a half-court shot competition, as well as several other raffles with prizes up for grabs. There will also be a raffle for Buffalo Sabres tickets. A staff game will take place, during the intermission between the junior varsity and varsity games, with all the proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project. Wounded Warrior T-shirts will be on sale, as well. The opening ceremonies for the 2014 Olympics will be televised that night as well, and will be shown in the cafeteria.

On Jan. 25, the Lady Griffs took part in a similar Wounded Warrior Project event at Mount Mercy Academy in South Buffalo. The event was a big success and a great experience, according to Dallas. The player said that event inspired her to put on this one.

“Taking part in the game last Saturday at Mount Mercy was pretty cool. It felt great to be part of such a good cause,” said Dallas. “I was real interested in doing something of our own, so I spoke to coach Mathewson and asked him about the idea of putting our own fundraiser game together. I signed up as a student ambassador online and we’ve been working on getting as many people involved as possible.”

The Lady Griffs will be sporting camouflage uniforms for the game, in support of the Wounded Warrior Project.

The boys and girls a capella groups will sing the national anthem, prior to the games. Local Boy Scouts will take part in the event, as well as some local veterans. All veterans in attendance will be recognized, at the end of the first and third quarters.

The junior varsity game will kick off the night at 5 p.m., and the varsity game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
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