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STUDENT ATHLETES PLAY FOR KIDS
DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER
Student athletes across Long Island are using their talents on the court, out in the field, on the track and Anywhere else sports are played to raise awareness and money to support children diagnosed with cancer. Through a unique program called “Play for
Kids” student athletes at all grade levels can collect sponsorships and Raise money to support The Miracle Foundation’s “Back in the Game” program. Back in the Game is a program that was developed to help kids recovering from cancer through an innovative 12 week conditioning program that helps them recover physically and mentally from the effects of their treatments. The focus is on having fun while regaining their strength and confidence in a group environment. Back in the Game program is provided at no cost for the participants, all money raised from the Play for Kids program will support and fund all kids interested in getting back in the game..
Play for Kids was developed by Matthew Confort, a sophomore at the Garden City High School. Working in conjunction with The Miracle Foundation and its Back in the Game program, Mathew and his brothers and have created this innovative program for all student athletes raise money to help pediatric cancer patients. “As a person who has been involved in sports all my life, I cannot imagine what it feels like to have to sit on the sidelines due to illness,” said Matthew. “When I heard about the Back in the Game program, I realized that this was a perfect way for student athletes to help recovering athletes,” he added.
Student athletes or anyone who would like to help can become a fundraiser and recruit donors. Donors can also donate directly in support of whatever event or goal they choose to help get kids get back in the game. Each individual athlete, team, or fundraiser can create their own personalized web page at “Play for Kids.” Donors can also register on their webpage for the athlete of their choice. And, each athlete or fundraiser will have the opportunity to keep their donors updated on their progress throughout the season.
According to Matthew Confort, “Our goal will be to help pay for therapy one kid at a time. Donors, student athletes or anyone interested in helping our recovering athletes will all be winners if we join forces.”
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