HAVERFORD, Pa. - Haverford College is honored to host the 27th Annual Billy Lake Basketball Marathon on Saturday, October 13. Join hundreds of area basketball players for a day of basketball, fun, and inspiration at Gooding '84 Arena. Funds raised benefit The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter's research program to find a cure for Lou Gehrig's Disease as well as the Billy Lake Memorial Scholarship Fund at Monsignor Bonner High School.
Billy Lake was a Havertown, Pa. resident who succumbed to ALS in April 1992 when he was only 42. His family and friends created this basketball marathon as a tribute to his courage. The Lake/Quinn family has been fighting ALS for over 25 years, making this the longest consecutive family-run ALS event in the country.
Games will be played throughout the day. Local high schools teams will play from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. while other games include teams of local players - men, women, boys, and girls. Many area referees are donating their services to the cause while Saint Joseph's head coach Phil Martelli is also a key promoter for the annual event.
The Haverford Women's Basketball Team, under the leadership of Head Coach Bobbi Morgan, hosts the event annually in honor of former team member Dominique Meeks '12, whose mother Libby lost her life to ALS. The Billy Lake Marathon is one of several events sponsored at Haverford to raise funds and awareness in the fight against ALS. Each April, the College hosts the Joe Schwartz Run/Walk with proceeds going toward ALS Research.
All are encouraged to attend and support the fight against ALS. There is no charge for attendance but there is plenty of ways to contribute to the cause throughout the day. There will be plenty of refreshments and some of the best basketball in the area. You can form a team or donate at www.billylake.com
ABOUT THE ALS ASSOCIATION Greater Philadelphia Chapter: For more than 40 years, the Greater Philadelphia Chapter has worked to improve the quality of life for people with ALS by supporting critical ALS research, providing care and services to families impacted by ALS, and promoting legislation that fosters ways to help better manage, and eventually end, this devastating disease. The Chapter severs more than 1,200 people each year and covers a broad service area that encompasses eastern and central Pennsylvania, southern and central New Jersey, and all of Delaware. The Chapter is proud to be the principal charity of the Philadelphia Phillies. Find out more at www.alsphiladelphia.org.