Shenango vs. Cancer Basketball Fundraiser to Tip Off After Pandemic Hiatus

SHARON, Pa. – Penn State Shenango will relaunch the annual Shenango vs. Cancer basketball game at 5:30 p.m. today in the Hickory High School gymnasium. 

The event will raise funds for the American Cancer Society and the Dr. Edgardo Lob Memorial Cancer Care Fund through UPMC Horizon in Greenville. 

The fundraiser is returning after a multiyear hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and organizers are primed to pick up where they left off with more than 30 students, faculty and staff members signed up to participate. 

“This event is a unique opportunity for our campus to rally behind those in the fight and raise funds, especially locally,” said Andy Puleo, director of Student Affairs. “Most people are aware of the amazing work that Penn State does with the THON group, but we have always tried to make our own impact and really carry that torch of philanthropy.” 

The event is free for community members to attend, but there will be a donation basket at the door, food vendors and a 50/50 raffle, with all proceeds going toward the American Cancer Society and the Dr. Lob Fund. Organizers request that all donations be cash only. 

“The event was super competitive in the past, but I think everyone involved sees this as much bigger than a competition,” Puleo said. “Sure, it is about having fun and involving the campus community, but it is so much more, and it continues to grow.”

Pictured at top: ​​The Shenango vs. Cancer basketball game is returning today after a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Penn State | Creative Commons)

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.