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Fun for all at faculty-law enforcement hoops fundraiser

group photo of all players and coaches

CV staff squared off on the basketball court against law enforcement and first responders to help raise money for the CVA Ski and Snowboard Club.

Hundreds of fans turned out on Friday, Jan. 20 for the CVA Ski and Snowboard Clubs’ third annual Faculty versus Law Enforcement Basketball fundraiser. The faculty won the hard fought contest 55-50.

Law enforcement played commanding basketball, controlling the first three quarters. They ran off to a solid lead despite the physical presence of 7′ 2″ CV coach Grant Joseph. Joseph took it easy on the offensive end, but was commanding with his one-hand rebounds and outlet passes. CV coach Aaron Post provided an ESPN highlight draining a long three from near half court at the close of the first quarter. Not to be outdone, CV physical education teacher Joe Patrei hit a half court bomb at the end of the third quarter. But the night belonged to Jarvis Assistant Principal Aaron Carey who hit five three-pointers in the fourth quarter giving the Thunder the lead and the ultimate victory.

“Law enforcement team was made up of local police, New York troopers, firemen, and corrections officers; they played great basketball,” said CVA Principal Dick Keeler who played with the faculty.

“It was clear they practice and play together. If it hadn’t been for Carey’s hot hand at the end, the outcome would have been different.”

Although billed as a basketball game, the evening was much more.

Photo of students pouring buckets of water on Mrs. Pilla

Two lucky winners cash in on the drawing for the chance to pour a bucket of water on Fisher Elementary Principal Michele Pilla. Barringer Road Principal Jeremy Rich also his turn in the wet seat.

CVA social studies teacher played dressed as Wonder Woman and Patrei played dressed as Buddy the Elf. Faculty and staff dressed in giant bobblehead faces performed a halftime dance routine to a mashup of songs. Fans bought 50-50 tickets and chances to dump a bucket of water on elementary school principals Michele Pilla and Jeremy Rich. Youngsters competed in the “Dress Like a Thunder Race,” running a race dressed in an ridiculously over-sized jersey and size 12 sneakers. The concession stand churned out snacks to keep everyone happy.

“This is a community event. We want to give families a wholesome and fun night out,” said the Ski and Snowboard Club’s co-advisor Steve Inzer.

Keeler praised Inzer and co-advisor Jonna Costin for their efforts running the club and putting together the night’s activities.

“We have great teachers and staff that do great things for our district. Tonight showcases some of their hard work and commitment to our students and community,” Keeler said.

This year’s event raised about $1,400 to help offset the club’s travel expenses.

The Ski and Snowboard Club exposes students to lifelong fitness and a love of outdoor winter activities. Students take six trips to Woods Valley Ski Area in Westernville and one trip to Gore Mountain in North Creek.