Charity Basketball Game

Lesly Samaniego

This year’s Kearny varsity basketball team starts off great with 6 victory games. After beating Pompton Lakes on January 7th, our boys were ready to continue playing, this time for a more significant cause. Kardinal parents and students from all grades gathered together to raise cancer awareness and give all proceeds from admissions to the cancer foundation. This hits close to home because one of our own, William Mullins, son of Coach Mullins, and math teacher, Mrs. Mullins. He is battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, and all money raised will benefit the Mullins family and the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical School. He is a talented athlete and a great student of Kearny High School, and together we will support him and his family through these challenging times. 

Throughout most of the game, Kearny took the lead against University High. William’s teammates showed support by wearing orange t-shirts in his honor. Orange symbolizes support for all those suffering from Leukemia. Even the opposing team stood with us by wearing these shirts. The bleachers were packed. However, as the game was ending, an unexpected event surprised everyone. The opposing team incited a fight on the court and left the audience in shock. Luckily, police were on site before any damage to students or property could be done. With seven minutes and 12 seconds left, the game was stopped with a score of 49-30, in Kearny’s favor. This hiccup won’t deter us from the main purpose of this game. Kearny will continue to support its own and thrive as a community!