Wareham girls basketball team win state sportsmanship award
A full court press of generosity boosted the Wareham girls basketball team’s case for a Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Team Sportsmanship Award.
On Monday, the Lady Vikings received the award at a ceremony held at half court in TD Garden in Boston during the state championship tournament.
Over the past few years, the team raised just over $17,000 for three different families. Each year, the team designated one home game that doubled as a fundraiser. All proceeds from ticket sales, raffles and matching donations were given away.
Head Coach David Brogioli said community service is an annual requirement, but starting three years ago he and team captains decided to go above and beyond.
“They wanted to think of ways that would have a bigger impact on the community,” said Brogioli. “We just wanted to take it to the next step and make a difference.”
In 2015, the team contributed $4,200 to the “Make Room for Molly” fund. It benefited the Govoni family of Wareham whose young daughter Molly is diagnosed with a brain development disorder. She is also epileptic, legally blind and suffers from a range of communication, sensory and digestive issues.
The following year, the Lady Vikings stepped forward to raise funds to help offset Trey Miranda’s medical bills. The 17-year-old Onset resident passed away last summer due to brain cancer. The team donated $5,000 to Miranda’s family before he died, said Brogioli.
This year, the team raised $8,000 for Madelyn Alexander. The 4-year-old Wareham resident is diagnosed with leukemia.
Brogioli noted that the girls didn’t raise the money on their own. The team partnered with the Dick Melloni Youth Foundation, which covered the costs associated with the games so that all proceeds could be donated. Also, Eastern Bank of Wareham offered a matching donation for this year’s game, raising the amount donated considerably.
Brogioli said the community at large has taken note when the fundraising games are scheduled.
“The community really supports us by showing up. This just gets bigger and bigger every year,” he said.