Current and former Detroit Lions players to compete against local supporters in basketball game to raise money for teacher’s cancer treatment and expenses
More than 600 tickets have already been sold to the “Team Hazel versus Detroit Lions” game to benefit beloved Cedar Springs High School teacher and soccer coach Scotty Hazel. On May 3, at 7 p.m., at Cedar Springs High School, current and former Detroit Lions football players will take on local members of “Team Hazel,” a group of community members who have come together to show their support of Scott, who is undergoing treatment for liposarcoma.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and may be purchased at the door or by calling (616) 340-0653.
A large portion of ticket sales have come from the students he’s inspired over the years. The public outpouring of support is evident on the “Purple Haze Page” on facebook that was created to provide regular updates from Hazel and encouraging thoughts from friends. It has more than 1,700 members.
“Scott is that teacher who is equally loved and admired by teachers and students alike. He’s given an incomparable amount of positive dedication to this community over the years. I’m so glad we have an opportunity to give back to him,” says event organizer and former Cedar Springs teacher, Cliffton Young.
Young is working with former Grand Valley football player stand out, former Lions player, and Detroit sports announcer, Rob Rubick, to assemble the Lions team. While the names of the Lions players will be released closer to the event, the Team Hazel roster is slated to include:
Buck Burnett, Cedar Springs Police Officer; Cedar Springs High School alumni
Heather Carlson, Cedar Springs High School Teacher
Don Carlson, Regal Financial
Roger Carr, Cedar Springs Elementary School Teacher
Pat Hillary, H20 Plumbing
Brooke Holt, Cedar Springs High School Teacher
Jeremy Plain, Cedar Springs Elementary School Teacher
Andy Secor, Cedar Springs Elementary School Principal
Ryan Smith, Argus Financial
Austin Thornton, former player Michigan State University basketball player; Cedar Springs High School alumni
Dan Rypma Muskegon Community College Instructor, Cedar Springs resident
Come out and show your support Scott Hazel and enjoy a great game!