By Nathalie Mazquez, Cypress Springs HS
CYPRESS TEXAS — The Cypress Springs and Cypress Ranch high school girls’ basketball teams hosted a blanket drive at their “Team Up Against Cancer” game on Jan. 29. The event was held in remembrance of a younger brother of a Cypress Springs freshman basketball player who passed away due to cancer.
“In our program, we preach family first,” Cypress Springs Head Coach Taneisha Rogers said. “So it’s important that as a basketball team, she knows that we are family.”
The Cypress Springs and Cypress Ranch high school girls’ freshmen basketball teams pose together with blankets collected to help support childhood cancer. More than 150 blankets were collected and donated to B.I.G. Love Cancer Care, an organization that provides personalized care to children with cancer as well as their families.
Donations were collected during the game but blankets also came from other programs and campuses, including the Cypress Springs boys’ and Cypress Creek girls’ basketball teams. In total, 153 blankets were donated to B.I.G. Love Cancer Care, an organization that provides personalized care to children with cancer as well as their families at Texas Children’s Hospital and MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital.
The two girls’ teams even wore matching shirts for the event, with both schools and the words “Team Up Against Cancer” featured in pink lettering under a basketball.
“It is important to help because if you were in this situation, you would want someone to do the same for you,” said Cameron Scott, a senior guard for the Cypress Springs boys’ basketball team.
The Cypress Springs High School boys’ varsity basketball team poses with one blanket that was among the 153 collected to help support childhood cancer. The drive was put on by the Cypress Springs and Cypress Ranch high school girls’ basketball teams, with the boys joining the Cypress Creek High School girls’ team also contributing.
Added Sydney Rollins, a junior for the Cypress Springs girls’ team: “The whole event just really hit home because it was so personal. I’m glad we did it in remembrance of him.”
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