Long Island Nets to Dedicate March 10 Game to Cancer Awareness

Mar 6, 2019

LONG ISLAND - As a part of the team’s #MORETHANAGAME season-long promotional and philanthropic platform, the Long Island Nets will be dedicating their March 10 game against the Iowa Wolves which tips off at 3 p.m., to cancer awareness, presented by EXIT Realty New York Metro. The Nets will honor those who are fighting or survived cancer through a series of in-game presentations and storytelling designed to recognize local heroes who have championed cancer awareness. A portion of the funds raised through in-game ticket sales will be donated to Hewlett House, a nonprofit community resource center based in Nassau County that supports cancer patients at every stage of treatment.
Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, who is bravely fighting her own battle with breast cancer, will deliver the ceremonial game ball and will present the Long Island Nets with a citation to recognize the team’s commitment to championing cancer awareness. Councilwoman Sweeney will be running in the Long Island Half Marathon on May 6 to raise money for breast cancer research.

Breast cancer survivor and advocate, Geri Barish, has been involved in the cancer community since the diagnosis of her son Michael at the age of 13. In 1986, Barish was diagnosed with breast cancer and shortly after her diagnosis, she lost her son Michael after his 12 year-long battle with cancer. This led to a lifelong pursuit of helping others to become educated while their loved ones or themselves were battling cancer.

Barish, who is the executive director of Hewlett House, will present the Long Island Nets with a first-edition Breast Cancer Stamp in recognition of team’s advocacy. In the early nineties, Hewlett House joined the fight for federal funding through the Department of Defense and was involved in the creation of the Breast Cancer Stamp. The Breast Cancer Stamp has raised over 70 million dollars for screening and research since its inception. Because of their early involvement, Hewlett House was able to buy 100 stamps before they were released to the public. These stamps are first edition and each one has its own unique number.

The Long Island Nets will also be honoring Dr. Lisa Sclafani from Memorial Sloan Kettering in Commack as the “Community Hero of the Game.” Dr. Lisa Sclafani is a surgical oncologist with a specialization in the treatment of breast cancer. Her focuses are on the psychosocial aspects of breast cancer, the genetics of breast cancer, and multidisciplinary care.

Following the game against the Iowa Wolves, the Long Island Nets will be hosting the Long Island High School Boys Basketball Championships. The high school games (Class A and Class AA), will begin play at approximately 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. respectively.  Wyandanch and Manhasset will be competing for the Class A title, followed by Uniondale and Brentwood who will be competing for the Class AA title.