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Chautauqua Lake Central girls basketball team gives back, helping charities

Posted at 12:30 AM, Mar 27, 2019

MAYVILLE, N.Y. (WKBW) — Making moves off the court, the Chautauqua Lake girls basketball team is helping national charity chapters here in Western New York.

Back on March 7, the team presented two checks to two separate charities: one to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The other, to the Cystic Fibrosis foundation. Each was worth $658.49, says their coach, Bill Persons.

The girls raised the total of more than $1,300 back in January, when they hosted Maple Grove Junior/Senior High School for a special charity game. During the event, both the Maple Grove Red Dragons and the Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds came together to "Team Up for a Cause." The game featured a halftime ball toss, T-shirt sales, a bake sale and concessions sales, all benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

"Participating in these charity games really has allowed for our entire program [Modified, JV and Varsity] and the community as a whole to come together to raise awareness and contribute to many great causes over the years," said Persons. "It is events like these that continue to push and teach our athletes the other little things in life that mean so much later on."

This was the third year in a row that Chautauqua Lake and Maple Grove came together for the event.