FAIRMONT -- No one needed to blow a whistle and holler "foul!" to get the Fairmont State women's basketball team to step to the free throw line this weekend.
The team did so on its own, and gave new meaning to the phrase "charity stripe" in the process.
For the third straight year, the FSU women's basketball program participated in "Free Throws All Night," where players shot free throws from 6 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday to raise awareness for the Cancer For College organization.
Cancer For College, which began in 1994, provides scholarships to cancer survivors.
Fairmont State women's basketball coach Steve McDonald first got the idea to support this cause four years ago when he saw a story on ESPN showing comedian Will Ferrell playing baseball during MLB Spring Training in order to benefit Cancer for College.
Ferrell played all nine positions in one day to raise awareness for the organization, and McDonald thought his team could get involved, as well.
"I thought it was a great marriage for a university to become a part of the charity, in that the charity gives money to cancer survivors to go to universities," McDonald said. "It just made a lot of sense to me.
"It was something that I thought would be really good for our program to become involved in."
This was the third year that McDonald's Lady Falcons had participated in the event, and he was once again pleased with the results.
"It was extremely successful," he said. "We had a great deal of participation. Virtually every player's parents were there for the Lady Falcon family dinner."
Free Throws all night to bring awareness to Cancer for College has begun! pic.twitter.com/5Kdt9SW6P2— Fairmont State (@Lady_Falcons_) September 9, 2017
In addition to the charitable nature of the evening of free throw shooting, it was also a good time for those involved.
"The free throw shooting was fun, and we wanted it to be fun, but we wanted to give time to a very, very worthy cause," McDonald said.
Now, McDonald is encouraging any local cancer survivors to take advantage of the charity as they look to further their education.
"In the future we're going to be looking for and encouraging people from our area who have survived cancer to apply to Cancer for College," McDonald said. "Anyone who is a cancer survivor can go online to cancerforcollege.org and click "application" and hopefully receive some money to attend a West Virginia college, if not Fairmont State."
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