CLOVER — Team Hop T-shirts will be in abundance for Friday’s renewal of the York-Clover basketball rivalry in the York Comprehensive High School gym.
Team Hop shirts will be worn by York and Clover players and fans as a show of support for Lady Blue Eagle head basketball coach Sherer Hopkins, who is undergoing radiation and chemo therapy after brain surgery to remove a malignant tumor.
The sale of Team Hop shirts has been brisk at Clover High School and YCHS.
“We’ve sold 250 T-shirts,” said Clover girls’ basketball coach Kiki Walker after Friday’s game with Fort Mill. “The fundraiser Friday night is for a great cause.”
Paula Blackwell, head coach of the YCHS girls’ team and friend of Hopkins, said the sale of YCHS Team Hop shirts had reached 292 entering this week.
Sandy Britt, the owner of Southpaw, made a $100 donation.
“We’ve had a lot of people ask about the color for brain cancer,” said Blackwell. “The color is gray, which is why Team Hop on the sleeve is printed in gray.”
The shirts have the customary “Playing 4 a cure” engraving on the front, with Team Hop Sherer Hopkins lettering on the sleeve.
Blackwell said separate buckets will be located at the entrance to the YCHS gym, one for York and one for Clover donations.
All proceeds from the joint fundraiser will go to the Hopkins family, said Blackwell. “The family has requested that the funds be directed to the Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University,” she said.
Bailey Jackson, head boys’ basketball coach at CHS, grew up with Hopkins and both were basketball standouts at CHS. “Our boys’ and girls’ basketball teams are tight,” he said.
Said first-year YCHS head boys’ coach Michael Dalton: “Friday’s game is a big rivalry and raising money for a great cause.”
The event is also Senior Parents Night, with boys and girls basketball players, cheerleaders, trainers and their parents recognized in special ceremonies.
The varsity action begins at 6:30 p.m., with the Lady Cougars hosting the Lady Blue Eagles, followed by the boys’ game at 8 p.m.