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Details on Feb. 21 special Coaches vs. Cancer Night with Knights at TIgers

From Lawrenceburg Boys Basketball Head Coach John Blackwell:

Dear Tigers, Knights and all of Southeast Indiana

On February 21, long-time rivals will meet on the basketball court of Lawrenceburg High School when the South Dearborn Knights visit the Lawrenceburg Tigers. We have dedicated this game as our “Coaches vs. Cancer Night.” Coaches vs. Cancer is the basketball community’s way of using our great game to raise awareness and funds for the never ending fight against cancer. Typically, donation buckets circulate the crowd the night of the designated game.

After our very competitive Rivertown Classic game with South Dearborn on January 9, I put it together that our second game with them will be on the 20th anniversary of my dad losing his battle to cancer. A home game against a good South Dearborn team on the 20th anniversary of my dad losing his battle to cancer? Even though I think about basketball and my dad every single day, admittedly that will not just be another day for me.

After that Rivertown game, I brainstormed ways to do more than just pass donation buckets around the bleachers at LHS on February 21, which we will do. I brainstormed ways to bring the great communities that make up Lawrenceburg and South Dearborn together to do something special for a cause that has most likely affected everyone in one way or another. I brainstormed ways to honor my dad, who was a friend and mentor to so many in southeast Indiana, as well as to honor those suffering or who have been lost from cancer, while raising money to ultimately help find cures. We may not meet the people who directly benefit, but let’s come together to help someone have their dad, mom, brother, sister, husband, wife, son, daughter, or friend here on Earth longer than they otherwise would.

Our communities are only “rivals” a few select nights a year, when we cheer for our team to beat the other in athletics. The rest of the year, we are neighbors. We eat, shop and work in the same places and we all contribute to Southeast Indiana being as good as any place there is to call home. Before cheering against each other like we always do, I have set the goal for our communities to come together and showcase the generosity and compassion that make our part of the state so great. On behalf of LHS and SDHS, I have set the goal to make the single biggest donation check to Coaches vs. Cancer from a single high school game in Indiana. The goal is $10,000.

With the support of our administrative team at LCSC, our student council under the leadership of Carmen Lusk and Tiger Pizazz under the direction of Susan Herrick, as well as the support and cooperation of several at South Dearborn, we have some fun and exciting ways for any and every one to support this cause in and around our game on February 21.

Here are the many ways you can support the cause as we strive to make the biggest Coaches vs. Cancer donation check ever from a high school game in Indiana, in addition to packing the gym at LHS on February 21.

• Pre-Game Social Media Push. See one of the following twitter pages (blackwelljk1, coachreinhardt1, tigers_hoops, sdknightsbball). There is a pinned tweet at the top of those pages. Hit the like button and follow the link to a gofundme. If the goal of the gofundme is hit, Coach Blackwell and Coach Reinhardt will coach the game in the suits shown on the tweet.
• T-Shirt Sales. If you are coming to the game, we want you in this shirt! Ohio Valley Screen Printing has designed a great shirt and it is available in orange or red. They have agreed to donate all the profit to the cause. Their generosity is appreciated. If you are coming on February 21, please consider buying this shirt. If you don’t buy this shirt, wear orange or red that night! The shirt must be pre-ordered. Go to this link and order yours before February 12. You will pick your shirts up the week of the game at either LHS, SDHS, or OVS. All the payment and pickup directions are spelled out clearly on the website. o Order your gameday shirt at this website.
• Student Body Donation Drive. The week leading up to the game, the two student bodies will compete with a student body donation drive. If you are a parent of a student, please keep this in mind. There is strength in numbers and every small donation adds up. Football coaches Rand Ballard and Ryan Knigga have tentatively agreed to take a pie to the face at halftime of the February 21 game if their school gets beat by the other in the student body donation drive.
• Pre-Game Dinner on February 21. There will be a pre-game dinner in the LHS cafeteria on the night of the game. Tiger Pizazz will provide pre-game entertainment. This will cost $10 per person. The food is being donated so all proceeds will go to the cause. If you know you want to reserve seats for the meal, please email LHS Director of Basketball Operations, Mason Jeffreys, at More details will follow with specific time and menu (most likely time = 5:30 pm). There will only be 200 seats available, so email Mason right away to reserve yours and plan on paying that night.
• Alumni Game – The night before the game, on Thursday night, February 20, there will be a LHS vs. SD alumni game. This game will be played at 7 pm at LHS. Class of 2018 graduates, Logan Lawrence and John Tedesco, have agreed to serve as “Team Captains” and line up a roster in what promises to be an exciting event. There will be some interactive things at halftime as well. It will cost $5 to get in and all revenue from that night will be rolled into the donation.
• Come to the game on February 21! Give the outstanding student-athletes of both schools a packed house and an environment they will never forget. Both of these teams have student-athletes who have consistently represented our schools and southeast Indiana in a very positive manner. If you are a regular, thank you and make sure you are there on February 21.

If you haven’t been to a game yet, what better game to come to than to support your team against their biggest rival as we come together to support a great cause? I hope to see a lot of Knights fans there, and Tiger fans don’t let them outnumber us! TIGERS IN ORANGE, KNIGHTS IN RED! If you have a couple bucks to spare, we will collect that night as the final piece of the puzzle. Let’s show the tri-state and the entire state how special part of the state is. Let’s show our togetherness and generosity and the intensity of our sports rivalry all on the same night. As everyone here knows, there’s no better place to live than southeast Indiana. Let’s put that spirit on display to be captured by everyone on this special night.

It’s an honor to be a Lawrenceburg Tiger, and with that position it becomes an honor to be the biggest rival of the South Dearborn Knights. More than either of those things, it’s always been an honor to call southeast Indiana home with all of you.

With Much Love and Respect,
John Blackwell

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