Kids Who Care 

For students, it was a game worth more than just points on a scoreboard.Local high school players hit the court to play for a special cause. “I saved up a little bit of money and donated what I could for the program because I thought it was a really good cause,” said senior, Sean Mackintosh. It all goes to the Cancer Support Center of Maine, which provides free services for cancer patients and survivors. The Maine Athletic Club decided to help raise awareness and money for the organization. They created the “Kids Who Care” charity tournament to get the local community involved.”When you have that opportunity you just hit it head on. You know so many people with families in Maine are affected by it and this group is just a great support group for them,” said Bob Cinbollek, the on site supervisor for the Club. The money raised by the young players will allow Cancer Support to expand their education programs, and help state residents who have been devastated by their cancer diagnosis.Vice President, Theresa Soucy, said, “We’re able to advocate for them. Go to doctors and make the contacts necessary because most of the time they’re right in shock and they don’t know where to turn, who to go to.”The organization hopes the event will raise more than just money.”Hopefully, by having these sorts of events people can get behind some small changes in their lives such as don’t smoke, watching their weight and things of that nature,” said Barbara Vittum, of Cancer Support.With a team of players and community members behind them, it seems likely.