Lower Merion High School recently hosted the 14th Annual Maroon Madness benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer - a community pep rally for winter athletics and activities featuring food, music, live entertainment and a line-up of special guests and performances. Nearly 1,000 community members came out to support this year's event, which serves as the official start to Lower Merion's winter athletic season and the school's annual Coaches vs. Cancer Drive. Over the past 8 years, the Lower Merion community has raised well over $50,000 to benefit cancer research.
Program highlights from this year's event included the introduction of the boys and girls teams, an intra-squad scrimmage, student dances, on-court fan contests, musical entertainment and raffles for Nike gear and autographed merchandise. St. Joseph's University head men's basketball coach Phil Martelli was on hand to address the crowd as he reinforced the importance and impact of the funds raised by the LMHS community in the fight against cancer. Prior to the event, Coach Martelli tweeted praise of the Aces' efforts saying, "Lower Merion sets the standard for @PhillyCVC (Coaches vs. Cancer)."
The Aces also welcomed back Darryl Reynolds (LM '12), a member of the 2016 National Champion Villanova Wildcats, for an LM-themed live taping of his new show "Stay Tuned with D. Rey" as he interviewed head coaches Gregg Downer and Mo Boykins along with players from each team. With all of the remarks and addresses complete, the Aces took the hardwood for the scrimmage, which was interspersed with student performances and on-court contests for prizes. To view a slideshow of pictures from this year's event, click on the image below!