Molloy basketball games double as fundraiser
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Archbishop Molloy High School set out to help one of its own, turning three Friday night boy's basketball games against Fordham Prep into a fundraiser for a Molloy soccer player who was injured after being shot last October.

The games took place on the campus of Archbishop Molloy in Briarwood, and tipped off at 4 p.m. In the first game, the freshman squad handed Fordham Prep a 72-52 defeat. That match was followed by the junior varsity team, which also won by a margin of 64-46.

And finally, the varsity squad capped off the evening with a 50-37 victory, making Molloy 3-0 on the night.

In all, approximately $30,000 has been raised by Archbishop Molloy for Justin Thompson to date. All of the proceeds help the family with the significants costs associated with physical therapy and rehabilitation sessions, as well as to help cover the cost of special exercise equipment and modifications to his home.

“Everyone at Molloy is confident that the overwhelming generosity shown by so many will continue,” said Joseph Sammo, the school's Alumni Communications coordinator.

Thompson was shot on October 21 at a party in Cambria Heights just before 10:30 p.m. Thompson, who was 16 at the time of the shooting, told police he was approached by a group of males and tried to run away when he was shot in the back.

Thompson has lost the use of his legs because of the injury, but there is hope that with enough therapy he will be able to walk again.

At the time of the shooting, Thompson was a rising star on the Molloy soccer team, and played junior varsity basketball as well.

If you missed the event, but would still like to contribute to Thompson and aid his recovery efforts, donations can be made online at the school's website through the Donald Sweeney '90 Guidance Department Fund.

Donations are also accepted via checks payable to Archbishop Molloy High School, 83-53 Manton Street, Briarwood, NY, 11435 with “Justin Thompson” in the memo line.

(Shane Miller)

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