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Fair Lawn to Host Basketball Tournament for Breast Cancer Awareness

The Breast Cancer Basketball Challenge, now in its fifth year, will be held at Fair Lawn High School on Saturday, Jan. 5.

Fair Lawn High School will host the fifth annual Breast Cancer Basketball Challenge on Saturday to raise breast cancer awareness among female high school athletes across North Jersey.

Girls varsity basketball teams from 10 North Jersey high schools, including Fair Lawn's girls team, will compete in this year's Challenge, which aims to educate the 300 participating student-athletes about the disease.

Forrest Elementary School principal Mike Weaver said the Challenge was developed while he was coaching the girls varsity basketball team in Park Ridge. He brought it with him to Fair Lawn when he joined the district.

At Saturday's event, each player will receive a gift bag that includes a Breast Cancer Basketball Challenge t-shirt and a variety of educational items courtesy of Leigh Hurst, a breast cancer survivor and the founder of the Feel Your Boobies Foundation.

Following the day's games, Kim Tanis, a breast cancer survivor and head coach of the Indian Hills Regional High School girls varsity basketball team, will speak with each team about her breast cancer diagnosis and battle against the disease.

The Fair Lawn girls hoops team will play at 5:30 p.m. against Lyndhurst.

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The full schedule of games during the Breast Cancer Basketball Challenges is as follows:

  • 11:30 am. -- Park Ridge vs. Indian Hills 
  • 1 p.m. -- River Dell vs. Cliffside Park 
  • 2:30 p.m. -- Mahwah vs. Ridgefield Park
  • 4 p.m. -- Paramus vs. Glen Rock 
  • 5:30 p.m. -- Fair Lawn vs. Lyndhurst

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