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Seabright calls foul on cancer

Boonsboro junior instrumental to 'Shoot Pink' nights

January 18, 2011|By DAN KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com
  • Kimmy Seabright tosses the ball to a player Sunday during a Boonsboro Area Boys Basketball League game. The high school junior is donating her referee earnings to the fight against cancer.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO — Whether working as an official for the Boonsboro Area Boys Basketball League, or planning two “Shoot Pink” nights for Boonsboro’s girls basketball team, Kimmy Seabright sure knows how to take charge.

Seabright, a junior on the Warriors’ varsity girls team, has led the way in the preparation for two home games — Friday against South Hagerstown, and Feb. 4 against Brunswick — during which money will be raised for Breast Cancer Awareness of Cumberland Valley and the Kay Yow Cancer Research Fund.

“(My family) doesn’t personally know anybody, but there are players on our team who have had family members who have had breast cancer,” Seabright said. “We’ve seen a lot of professional teams have their games where they wore pink, and we decided we were going to have our two nights to raise money and get the word out there.”

“Before the season started, she came to me and said whether she made the (varsity) team or not, she wanted to do a Pink Night,” Boonsboro varsity girls basketball coach Max Shaffer said. “I told her I’d help her any way we could. She got some money raised, we ordered the uniforms and the rest, she’s doing a lot of it on her own.

“She took the bull by the horns and just did it. She picked out the uniforms, raised the money to pay for them, she’s got T-shirts to sell, pink shoestrings for the kids. She went to (athletic director) Mark (Wadel) about the two nights. She’s been working on it pretty good.”

Seabright has rounded up a few sponsors — including Connelly Drilling and Associates, Tucker’s Air Conditioning and Heating, and South Mountain Women’s Health Center — to help cover costs. She also has put her own money to the cause, donating her officiating game fees.

“I knew I was going to be reffing this season, and when we couldn’t get enough money through sponsors, it just seemed like the best way to raise the money we needed,” Seabright said.

Seabright has been officiating in the BABBL for about a year since first called upon in a pinch.

“My uncle (Jim Seabright) and my dad (Joe Seabright) have been reffing for a while. They asked me to help out when someone couldn’t make it, and I loved it. I’ve been doing it for almost a year now.

“It’s definitely made it easier to understand officials’ calls in a game. Usually players are upset at calls, but now I see where (the officials) are coming from.”

Pink T-shirts are being sold for the two “Shoot Pink” nights, and can be purchased online at  www.boonsboroboosters.com/pink. All concession profits and a portion of the entrance fees will be donated.

“The kids are really excited about it and they’re talking to kids in the school, trying to sell the shirts so we can have a pink-out,” Shaffer said.

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