Playing for a Cure at the Talon Challenge
“Cancer touches everyone in some way,” said Jonathan Bryant, Assistant Chief Administrator of Lincoln Charter, a K-12 College Prep Community in Lincolnton, N.C. “We continue to have community members that are diagnosed with cancer every year.”
About five years ago, headmasters and athletic directors at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy and Lincoln Charter sat down to start a service-themed event featuring annual basketball games.
“We chose The V Foundation as the recipient of our fundraising efforts based on your 100% proceeds going to research, track record, your ties to N.C. and N.C. State, because of the impact cancer has had on our communities, and the basketball theme,” said Bryant.
On December 20th, Lincoln Charter School and Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy hosted the 5th Annual Talon Challenge. Over the course of the event, students ran a game ball over 70 miles between campuses, raised $7,443.99, donated 71 pints of blood, and sold almost 600 t-shirts.
Lincoln Charter brought home the trophy at the end of the night for winning the most basketball games, raising the most money and donating the most pints of blood, however, the highlight of the event was a viewing of a video montage that included Jim Valvano’s famous speech.
“Lincoln Charter’s Chief Administrator and our School Board president’s husband were diagnosed with cancer prior to our event this year–that really helped to galvanize our communities,” Bryant said.
Administrators look forward to making the event bigger every year. “We raise our fundraising goal every year and try to continually investigate ways that we can involve our entire community. We continue to embed curriculum within our classes so that all of our students understand (to some degree) the impact of cancer,” Bryant said.
Bryant believes that the event has absolutely left a lasting effect on the community. “This has become something that our families expect to participate in, they are excited about it because of the tradition and the cause, and it consequently is one of the most successful things we do every year.”
Watch the video montage shown at the 5th Annual Talon Challenge here.
Read a recap of the event here.