Wareham girls basketball raises funds for Semiao family

By Matthew Bernat | Jan 12, 2018
Photo by: Matthew Bernat From left: Michael and Makayla Semiao and Tricia Brogioli help sell raffle tickets at Friday's fundraiser for Kerryn Semiao, who is recovering from a stroke.

Wareham girls basketball team players took the court on Friday with more on their minds than securing a win.

Before and during the varsity and junior varsity games, the teams raised funds for Wareham’s Semiao family. Kerryn Semiao, who has a child in 8th grade and another in 5th grade, suffered a stroke in November. She has a long road to recovery and all proceeds from Friday’s game went towards the family’s medical costs, said Tricia Brogioli, one of the fundraiser’s organizers.

“We’re so happy to help her out,” said Brogioli. “She’s a special person and a huge fan of the Vikings.”

The event raised $6,400. Eastern Bank will match that amount in another donation.

Semiao often helped volunteer at previous Vikings fundraisers, selling raffle tickets and other items during charitable efforts.

“It’s a great feeling seeing so many people come out and support a deserving family,” said Brogioli.

Semiao was unable to attend the game because she is currently at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. However, she was still able to watch some of the festivities, including her daughter Makayla perform at halftime.

Makayla and members of the Kaleidoscope’s competition dance team all performed. Brogioli said Semiao was able to watch that via Facetime.

Makayla said she was grateful so many people came out to support her family.

“All my friends are here and so many other people from Wareham came out tonight,” she said. “This has been a lot of fun.”

The teams were able to raise the funds after the Dick Melloni Youth Foundation donated a check to cover the costs associated with the game.

The fundraiser continued a tradition of giving back, started by the teams four years ago. Last year, players raised funds for then 3-year-old Madelyn Alexander who was diagnosed with leukemia in April 2016. She was admitted to Boston Children's Hospital and was there for a month before beginning outpatient treatment at the Jimmy Fund Clinic at Dana Farber.

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