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Washington County referees join in the fight against cancer

January 29, 2008|By DAN KAUFFMAN

Today, basketball officials around Washington County will, for once, appreciate being questioned.

The Washington County Basketball Officials Association, which provides officials for numerous youth and adult games in the county - including at the high school level - will join officials across the nation who are participating in the "Blow the Whistle on Cancer" campaign that's part of the Jimmy V Foundation.

"This will be our first year, and it kind of hit home for us because one of our officials will have prostate surgery on Monday," said Donnie Souders Jr., the WCBOA treasurer. "He initiated it, and at our recent meeting we (decided) to make a donation to the campaign. Each official working on the 29th will be donating a portion of their game check."

To try to raise awareness to the cause, WCBOA officials will use pink whistles today, in the hope that people at the games will approach them to find out more.

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"We're using the pink whistles to draw attention to the fact that we support and want to help promote the fight against cancer," Souders said. "It touches every person in the community, and whatever we can do, we're doing our small part."

For more information about the campaign, or to find out how to help, visit the Web site www.naso.com and click on the "Blow the Whistle on Cancer" link.

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