The Brick Township High School football program clearly understands that a team is defined by more than just wins and losses and while the season has been over for months they have performed like champions off the field.

More than 90 Green Dragons players and coaches took part in a Spring Cleanup last Sunday during which they worked in the yards of about 20 local homes and raised nearly $2900 for Maria’s Fight Club which is named after Brick resident Maria Costanza in her ongoing battle against breast cancer.

That in itself is very impressive but the Brick team will be together again tonight in their annual charity basketball game against the Brick Township Policemen’s Benevolent Association.

The 27th “Helping Hands Benefit Basketball Game” is an annual event organized by PBA Local 230 which assists a local family facing financial hardship due to a child’s serious illness.  Tonight’s game will assist the family of 5-year old Piper Coqueran, who ten months ago was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and regularly undergoes chemotherapy treatments and faces hospital stays for the simplest of illnesses.

Piper, who is in kindergarten and loves to dance and eat pizza, is the youngest of 8 children and one can only imagine the financial burden placed on the family as she battles this illness.

So Brick’s fines--cops and football players -- will come together tonight to show their support for a family who needs it.  The basketball game will be held in the East Gym at Brick High School at 7:30 and tickets are just $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for students.  If you can’t attend but would like to make a donation then simply write a check to “Helping Hands Fund” and send it to PBA Local 230, P.O. Box 1067, Brick NJ 08723.  Great job and I’ll take the Green Dragons football team in a close one tonight.

The Shore Basketball Coaches Association in a partnership with our Shore Sports Network held their Senior All-Star games last night before a nice crowd at the Pine Belt Arena.  Toms River North’s Jaden Rhoden and Manasquan’s Stella Clark were selected as game MVP’s for leading their teams to high-scoring victories and as expected Ranney’s Scottie Lewis defended his title in the Slam Dunk Contest.

Special thanks to SBCA President Mike Puorro for his efforts to end the season with a great event which helps benefit their scholarship fund.  Highlights and details available at


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