Cadillac, McBain Give Back: Host First Coaches vs. Cancer Basketball Game

CADILLAC – The Cadillac boys basketball team will host McBain Tuesday for a special cause. It’s the first ever Coaches vs. Cancer game for the programs.

All of the proceeds from Tuesday’s game will go to the American Cancer Society.

Cancer hits home for both the Vikings and the Ramblers.

George Johnson, an assistant coach at McBain, passed away from cancer in 2017.

“We were his casket bearers in his funeral, and that meant a lot, so being able to give back really helps out,” said Daniel Quist, a senior at McBain.

In 2015, Cadillac’s former head coach, Jeff McDonald, passed away from cancer.

“He was really special to me. He was a big part of the program when I was younger and he was my neighbor, so he really meant a lot to me. It’s awesome to now support and give back to a cause that he really fought for,” said Charlie Runstrom, a senior at Cadillac.

“Another coach in our system, Coach Dave Simons, his wife is battling cancer. It touched me really personally and it touches everybody in today’s day and age, so we thought it was a really good cause,” said Cadillac head coach Ryan Benzenberg.

The teams partnered with local sponsors to pull off this event.

They’re giving away a 49″ flat screen television, courtesy of VanDrie Home Furnishings and Central Professional Services.

Participants can also enter to win four floor seats and a parking pass for a Detroit Pistons game.

There will be a 50/50 raffle and other raffle baskets as well. The winners will be announced at halftime.

The fundraiser will continue on Feb. 12, when the Cadillac girls basketball team (7-1) hosts McBain (6-4). If you purchase a $5 t-shirt at the boys game, it will get you in for free Tuesday night and on Feb. 12 for the girls game.

McBain (9-1) and Cadillac (5-4) tip off Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

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