DEXTER – Once a year, the coaches of the PVC trade their the slacks for sneakers for a good cause in the conference’s yearly Coaches vs. Cancer game.
“It’s not exactly the most aesthetically pleasing basketball you’re ever going to see but its competitive and fun at the same time,” said Dexter boys basketball head coach Peter Murray.
For the eighth time in the past seven years, the PVC held its annual fundraiser, an event that travels to different communities based on individuals who need the support. This year’s game in Dexter is supporting two families: the Tibbetts, the family of two students, whose father, Joseph Tibbetts, has gone through two rounds of chemotherapy for acute leukemia, and the family of Dexter biology teacher Alyson Saunders, who drives to Brewer Monday through Friday after teaching a full day for radiation treatments for breast cancer.
“It’s been a wonderful night off, being able to cheer, which I love doing, and I haven’t been able to do since the fall..we are very grateful that they all came out to support this great cause,” said Dexter senior cheerleader Parker Tibbetts
“I am so absolutely humbled, everyone has been wonderfully supportive in this community, I felt that love from the very moment I found out about my diagnosis and it hasn’t stopped,” said Saunders.
With the proceeds, the event is a great benefit to families in need each year. For the coaches they get the opportunity to close out a season of tough competition for a good cause. “We’re trying to beat each others brains out every night on the basketball court, in reality we’re all friends and this is a chance for us to all come together as comrades and enjoy basketball, and raise some money for some families who need it,” said Murray.
“Losing to Dexter I wanted to make sure we beat Jody [grant} and I was hoping [PVHS girls basketball head coach] Mister [Nathaniel] Case was going to be on the other team but he was on our team, so it would’ve been great to beat Howland again, but it was fun,” said Greenville girls basketball assistant coach Tyler Muzzy.