AMS raises money for Jimmy V Foundation


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Mary Burkett worked on a timeline chronicling the life of Jimmy Valvano, for whom the V Foundation was established.


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.To celebrate the fundraiser's success in a way that Jimmy Valvano would have enjoyed, students had a physical fitness fun day. Dylan Blanton jumped rope before working on his timeline project.


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Between games of basketball and jumping rope, students were asked to make flipbooks detailing research they found on cancer and timelines that followed Jimmy Valvano's life at the fun day Nov. 26


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Students played basketball, jumped rope, ran up and down the bleachers during the fun day Nov. 26. The fun day was in honor of Jimmy Valvano and the V foundation.


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Students created team posters to encourage and show their support for raising money to donate to the V Foundation. Students displayed these posters during the fun day.


Austintown Middle School sixth-grade students earned a fun day Nov. 26 from the school for their hard work in earning more than $1,500 to donate to the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research. Students were responsible for collecting the money to donate in many ways, sometimes traveling door-to-door.

“I asked all of my family to donate at Thanksgiving dinner,” said Ryleigh Morgan, an AMS student. “I learned that we need to take care of our bodies and cancer research is really important to do that.”

AMS chose the Jimmy V Foundation for their fundraiser because of Dorothy DelBoccio’s, one of the organizers of the event, father. DelBoccio grew up with an admiration for Jim Valvano, a former college basketball coach, who tragically lost his battle to cancer in 1993.

“My dad passed away from cancer when I was 17 and he loved Jimmy V,” said DelBoccio. “Picking this foundation was a way of honoring him.”

To celebrate the students’ success in a way that Valvano would have approved of, AMS students were rewarded with a day of running, jumping, and playing basketball. When students were not on the court, they filled out flipbooks and timelines that detailed cancer research and symptoms.

For more information on the V Foundation or to make a donation, visit

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