The St. John’s men’s and women’s basketball teams joined forces with the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF) on Saturday, Sept. 22, for the second-annual St. John’s Dribble For The Cure, an event that welcomed more than 400 members of the university community and raised more than $25,000 for pediatric cancer research in the New York City area.
The star-studded event featured special appearances from St. John’s Hall of Fame coaches Lou Carnesecca and Jack Kaiser, as well as 14-year NBA veteran and former New York Knick John Starks.
“As the word continues to spread about this worthy cause and people tie it into a fun day here at St. John’s, it is only natural that that the momentum will continue to grow,” said men’s head coach Steve Lavin.
“This is a great event for not only our players, but the entire community here at St. John’s and we’re really excited to be a part of it,” said women’s head coach Joe Tartemella. “This is a chance for our players to put a smile on a child’s face and help a great cause and I think that’s what this day is all about.”
Prior to the opening ceremony, participants enjoyed a festival with food and games, as well as performances from the St. John’s pep band, and both the cheer and dance squads.
Lavin and Tartamella and their respective coaching staffs and players then led the dribble, a 30-minute run/walk around campus, before everyone headed into Carnesecca Arena.
Funds raised at the event will once again support Dr. Mitchell S. Cairo at the PCRF Laboratory at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at New York Medical College. A world-renowned researcher, Dr. Cairo’s work has contributed to dramatically increased survival rates of childhood cancers, blood disorders and immunological diseases.