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Middle school staff members play ball for good cause

Carson Valley Middle School's physical education department organized an evening basketball game between CVMS Staff and Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School staff to raise money for healthy hearts.

The March 1 event served as a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.

"What an exciting night and amazing turnout," said CVMS instructor Janae Ballingham. "We raised $435 to support the American Heart Association and in the process brought the community together in a fun way. The P.E. department at Pau-Wa-Lu rallied the troops to play and gathered a team consisting of staff members. After the national anthem was sung by a CVMS teacher, Ginny Thomas, the game began."

The match consisted of two 20-minute halves, refereed by Anthony Davis and Scott Compton of Douglas County Parks and Recreation. The clock and tables were run by ninth-grade students.

"Community businesses stepped in to support the event by providing prizes to give away just for attending," said Ballingham.

Participating businesses and organizations included Port O' Subs, Round Table Pizza, Pizza Barn, Saletti's, Lentine's, Carson Valley Inn, Pulse Fitness, Crossfit Carson Valley Bootcamp, Crossfit Carson Valley Kids, Anytime Fitness, and Carson Valley Swim Center, among others.

"We had other prizes that included family recreational games: dart boards, ski ball, etc.," said Ballingham. "Half time events included free throw contests between PWL and CVMS students."

The game remained close in score, but CVMS ended up winning 42 to 35.

"Regardless of the score, we are excited to promote fitness, fun, and support the American Heart Association at the same, but owe its success to our amazing community," said Ballingham

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The Record Courier Updated Mar 7, 2013 03:20PM Published Mar 7, 2013 03:19PM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.