Delone Catholic and York Catholic girls' basketball teams will compete for more than just the YAIAA Division III title Friday.
The two rivals will also compete to raise the most money for Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital, with the number of points each team scores in the game impacting the donation.
Friday's game will be the flagship event of the Fox43 Points for the Kids challenge in conjunction with Pledge It, an online performance-based fundraising platform that's been used by athletes such as Larry Fitzgerald, Philip Rivers and Devon Still. Fox43 hopes the game will be the first of several charitable events that highlight rivalry basketball games in the York area in years to come, according to Pledge It general manager Ryan Gmerek.
Fox43 sports anchor Todd Sadowski chose the Squirettes and Fighting Irish as the rivalry opponents to start the campaign, Gmerek said. More rivalry games will be added next season, Gmerek said.
The campaign is being promoted on Fox43 broadcasts all week, and people can sign up to pledge to donate on the event page on the Pledge It website. People can pledge to donate a dollar amount for each point scored by either team. As of 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, $26.25 per point has been pledged to Delone Catholic and $32.13 per point has been pledged to York Catholic.
Delone Catholic (14-4, 10-0 Division III) currently sits in first place in the division standings, but York Catholic (14-4, 9-1) trails by just a game.