In a rivalry game, teams seldom need any extra motivation. Nothing seems sweeter than scoring bragging rights. But, with their second-and-final regular-season meeting slated for Friday night, the Delone Catholic and York Catholic girls’ basketball teams have found a way to heat up the clash even more, while helping a charitable cause.
And now, fans can even get in on the benevolent battle, too.
The teams have paired up with Fox43 and online, performance-based fundraising platform PLEDGE IT, based in Harrisburg, in an effort to raise money for The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
“This game always means a lot in the county. It’s typically for the division, typically for county seeding, typically for district seeding, and all that’s true this year,” York Catholic head coach Kevin Bankos said. “But I think, for me, with a son that has cancer, this puts a whole other spin to the game.”
The Squirettes (14-4 overall, 10-0 in York-Adams Division III) are atop the division, while the Irish (14-4, 9-1) sit one game back.
The Four Diamonds’ mission, according to its website, is “to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children treated at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital and their families through superior care, comprehensive support and innovative research.”
PLEDGE IT is an online fundraising platform that empowers teams and athletes at any level for all sports to raise money based on their athletic performance. Fans can pledge any dollar amount for every touchdown, run, or point scored to benefit their team or favorite cause. PLEDGE IT has been featured on ESPN, Ellen DeGeneres Show, USA TODAY, Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, and MSNBC. For more information about PLEDGE IT, visit www.pledgeit.org.