Happy New Years! I hope it is off to a safe and healthy start! I hope that with all the struggles underway in the world right now that you and yours have been able to navigate safely the new world of COVID and the implications it has presented. My family and I have done our best to stay positive, healthy, and adaptable to the new normal that faces us. We look forward to taking this time to try to continue to give back to the world and offer the same opportunity to you while maintaining some consistency in our lives by continuing with the “Officials vs. Cancer” annual fundraiser.
Even basketball as we know it in Colorado has been changed and delayed until January 25th start with a condensed season ending March 20th. This year, players, coaches, and officials will be required to wear face masks to be allowed into the gym and to participate. We will be subject to health screenings and other parameters not yet even established as the season quickly approaches. It is still unknown if any fans, or possibly a limited number of fans, will be allowed in the gyms to support the student athletes.
As you may know, for the past 13 years and again now, I continue to be fortunate to continue my passion for officiating basketball. Part of the officiating process provides an opportunity for a fundraising effort called “Officials versus Cancer”, typically the last week of January each year to raise awareness and money for the American Cancer Society. As always, I will be wearing a pink whistle, pink official shirt, pink shoes, and doing other things to raise awareness and pursuing donations to raise money for this cause to donate for research to find a cure for this horrific disease. All monies I raise will be donated to the local American Cancer Society chapters in Colorado.
This is a cause that I continue to be very passionate about. I am sure that each of you know friends, family, or acquaintances who have lost to or are with various forms of cancer. I have lost numerous family members to this horrible disease and some continuing to fight. As such, I find myself in the high-risk category as well. Early detection is In support and memory of my family, friends and the millions of other people battling this disease, I am continuing to take a personal approach to fundraising.
I would like to again ask you to consider donating any amount to this cause. Last year thanks to the continued generosity of my friends, family, and co-workers I was able to donate the unbelievable amount of $5,894.79, surpassing my original goal of $2,000. This year I have set a goal of $3,000 (and when reached we will pass $30,000 donated to date) for this cause and would love to significantly exceed this amount! Over the past eleven years we have raised $27,028.56 for this cause!
An immediate decision is not necessary but I would appreciate your consideration for a donation and any possible contribution be received by February 6th so I am able to make the donation to the local basketball officials association by February 15th.
If you know of anyone else who may be interested in making a donation to this cause, please feel free to forward this information to them or let me know and I will contact them directly. Thank you for your assistance with this touching issue that I am very passionate about. Thank you for your time and consideration of this request.
I know COVID has impacted a lot of things, so if you can’t donate this year, I completely understand and will try again next year.