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IAABO Board 114 member Hank Boldrin, Sr. - WAPPINGERS FALLS – There are two sides to every story, but when the story is about cancer, the saga becomes three sided; a medical war between doctors and the disease, the personal fight of the afflicted, and the effect it has on the surrounding loved ones.
When long time referee and umpire Hank Boldrin, Sr was first diagnosed in July of 2014, three wars began; Hank’s personal fight with stage four Lymphoma, his family’s battle to keep Hank’s spirits up, and the doctor’s efforts to help Hank beat the system.
“You know, many people who first hear that they have cancer turn inward, thinking they have to engage in this internal battle with the disease”, said son Hank Boldrin, Jr. “It was our job to help bring our father outward, to show him that he wasn’t going to go through this alone” Hank Jr, along with his brother and sister, became part of his army.
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Volunteers who helped facilitate the games, from left to right, Joe Siriani, Rita Stokinger, John Karo, Dom DiNatale, Scott Alexander, Jack Mitchell, Harry Straughn, Jim Wheeler, Ed Miller, Dan Buron, Rich Lambert, and Ron Scarbrough.
Not photographed are the officials who worked the games on a volunteer basis. The girls game was officiated by Pete Bailey, Kate Devine, and Dan McGarry. The boys game was officiated by John Cascarano, Peter Hansen, and Mike Ryan.
Click here to watch a New England Sports Network features on IAABO Board 44's Lou Levine and efforts with Officials versus Cancer
Where can an official help fight Cancer? On the basketball court. IAABO is joining forces with the Officials’ vs. Cancer, National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the American Cancer Society during the “Coaches vs. Cancer” crusade. Officials can do their part to blow the whistle on this disease which affects too many people. To help, all one needs to do is donate up to 25% of a game fee to this worthy cause. During the week of January 23 - January 29, 2013, participating officials will display their commitment to the campaign by using a pink whistle that will be provided to him/her, once a contribution to the crusade has been made. Please make the court a bit more colorful that week. Help IAABO show the athletic community our determination for this cause. Donations may be made anytime, but must be received no later than March 15th, 2017 to be part of the current campaign. Click here to make a donation now.
Ottawa Valley Board of Basketball Officials (OVBABO) teamed with the Canadian Cancer Society during the 2nd Annual Pink Whistle Campaign. Many OVBABO officials and local sponsors donated generously to the cause throughout the month of October. Furthermore, officials displayed their commitment to the campaign by using pink whistles. As a result of this initiative, OVBABO donated $5,368.00 to the Canadian Cancer Society during the 2011-2012 campaign and surpassed its fundraising goal of $2,650.00. To date, they have raise a total of $8040.00. Let’s keep the momentum going.
Officials Fight Back - IAABO Board 114's inaugural Officials vs Cancer Tournament at SUNY at New Paltz was a rousing success.Congratulations to Prez O'Connor for being the driving engine for the train, as well as his committees and volunteers for an outstanding job well done. Click here to read more.
Board 111 - Click here to view a letter from Brewer Basketball congratulating Board 111 for their efforts in the Officials versus Cancer campaign.
Free Whistle - Donations in the amount of $25.00 or more will receive a free pink Fox 40 whistle.