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Inaugural Girls’ Basketball Event Sponsored by Wheeling Hospital Set for Late December

November 1, 2018

WHEELING – The inaugural Wheeling Hospital Women’s Health Holiday Basketball Classic, for area girls high school and grade school basketball teams is set for Dec. 29.

At a hospital news conference today, it was announced that eight high school teams, as well as six 7th and six 8th grade teams, will play at Buckeye Local High School near Rayland. Proceeds from the event benefit Wheeling Hospital’s Cardiac Resource Fund and the Oncology Fund, as well as Buckeye Local girls basketball.

The Cardiac Resource Fund is used to assist participants in Wheeling Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. The Oncology Fund helps patients and their families with various needs during cancer treatment.

At the event will be many women’s health-related informational booths on subjects such as skin health, heart disease and healthy lifestyles.
Coy Sudvary, Buckeye Local principal, said, Buckeye Local is very pleased to partner with Wheeling Hospital to host the inaugural Women's Health Basketball Classic. It's a great opportunity for our community to support local girls basketball and receive education of all aspects of women's health.”

Someone who fully understands how local sporting events are excellent venues to promote health causes is Dr. Gregory Merrick, director of the annual Cancer Research Classic, which highlights men’s health.

Merrick, a urologic oncologist, is executive director of the Schiffler Cancer Center, Urologic Research Institute and Men’s Health Center, all at Wheeling Hospital.

“Wheeling Hospital’s dedication to the wellbeing and future development of area youth is unparalleled,” Merrick said. “The new Women’s Health Holiday Basketball Classic will provide new opportunities for these athletes and their schools, and further promote wellness within the community.”

Helping to organize the event is Serge Gentile, Wheeling Hospital employee and coach of Shadyside Girls Basketball. He said, “This is a great opportunity to see some competitive basketball and benefit women’s health. I am glad I am able to be part of the inaugural Women’s Health Basketball Classic.”

The games will be played in both the big and small gyms at Buckeye Local. The schedules are as follows:

Big Gym, Girls Varsity
• 11 a.m. – Barnesville vs. Buckeye
• 12:45 p.m. – Bridgeport vs. Beallsville
• 2:30 p.m. – Shadyside vs. Buckeye Trail
• 4:15 p.m. – St. Clairsville vs. John Marshall

Small Gym, 7th and 8th Grades
• 9:30 a.m. – Barnesville 7th vs. Harrison 7th
• 10:45 a.m. – Barnesville 8th vs. Harrison 8th
• Noon – Shadyside 7th vs. Buckeye 7th
• 1:15 p.m. – Shadyside 8th vs. Buckeye 8th
• 2:30 p.m. – St. Clairsville 7th vs. Sherrard 7th
• 3:45 p.m. – St. Clairsville 8th vs. Sherrard 8th

Other activities being planned are t-shirt sales, concession stand, 50/50 raffle, Chinese auction and a 3-point shot competition between games.

Tickets for the event are $5 for the entire day. Parking is free.

For more information, contact Sudvary at 740-275-8029 or Coy.sudvary@buckeyelocal.net; or John Sebring, Wheeling Hospital director, Safety/Security/Emergency Management, 304-243-3007 or 304-218-9483.

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Contact: Gregg Warren, Vice President - Marketing/Public Relations, 304-243-3260

Key organizers of the inaugural Wheeling Hospital Women’s Health Holiday Basketball Classic are, from left: Buckeye Local Principal Coy Sudvary; hospital Director of Safety and Security John Sebring ;and hospital Human Resources Specialist and Shadyside Girls Basketball Head Coach Serge Gentile. Proceeds from the 10-game event benefit oncology and cardiac rehab services at the hospital and Buckeye Local girls’ basketball.