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The Blazers have partnered with the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama. Sporting one green and one white sneaker this season is their way of helping raise awareness and, hopefully, money for pediatric cancer.
“We played a team over in Spain (this past summer) and one of the players came out, wearing a black and white shoe and everybody just noticed it,” Haase said. “So we started talking and kind of joking about that and one idea led to another idea about 27 ideas later this is the one we came up with.”
Pediatric cancer is a cause close to the Blazers’ collective heart.
Two years ago, during Haase’s first season at the helm,
the Blazers adopted a young cancer patient named Elijah Seritt. Seritt and his family have been a source of encouragement to the team since.
Just 19 months old when he was first taken to the emergency room, Seritt has has undergone 17 surgeries, including two brain surgeries as well as chemotherapy and two stem cell transplants since being diagnosed with medulloblastoma a particularly aggressive form of cancer.
“Henry Ford talked about, ‘A business that only makes money is a poor business’ if that’s it’s sole purpose,” Haase said. “And I think if you’re a basketball program and your sole purpose is just to win games, you’re running a poor program. I think our guys are really bought in.”
Haase continued “They want to reach out to the community and this is something that does touch their heart with our relationship with Elijah. Obviously with the Children’s Hospital we feel like it’s a win win situation.”