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BELIEV Club Hosts March Madness Tournament for CSH

The BELIEV Club held their annual March Madness basketball tournament on March 21, 2017.

Chase Goldstein, Staff Writer

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March is the month where everything goes mad… especially for the BELIEV Club’s annual March Madness basketball tournament. On March 21, at 6:00 P.M. in Gym ⅞, students and teachers played in several intense games of basketball in order to raise money for Children’s Specialized Hospital (CSH). The BELIEV Club’s main objective with this annual fundraiser is to raise money for the hospital located in Mountainside.

Sahil Patel, event coordinator for the club, stated, “We’ve been planning this since October, and we had everything ready and it was set to run smoothly, on the 14th, but then the snowstorm hit. So we had to push it back a week and find new teams, but it all worked out because we ended up getting even more people to play in it. It was a lot of fun.”

Michelle Du

Even though the club’s plans for the event were altered, it was still a great fundraiser.  The club raised over $400, which was a huge success, and all funds will go directly to CSH with the group’s final donation at the end of the year.

The basketball games were each ten minutes long, and there were eleven teams of both students and teachers in the bracket. The finals consisted of Swole Team 6 against Team Free Kodak, and Swole Team 6 emerged victorious in an overtime game. The students in the stands claimed it was great to watch, and really fun as well.

Michelle Du
The winning team, Swole Team 6, celebrates their victory

Sahil also stated that he “hope[s] to keep this event going at the school for as long as possible”. The tournament had great spirit and was a great success.

Michelle Du, a co-president of the club, stated, “It was great to see all the different members of the Watchung Hills community come out to support [the] BELIEV Club and our cause. We really appreciate everyone who came out to play, especially the teachers who made the night even more enjoyable.” The BELIEV Club’s March Madness Tournament was a great fundraiser and raised a lot of money for their cause.

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