JAY — The Spruce Mountain High School gym was packed Friday night for the 6th Annual Jake Lord Play It Safe Foundation (JLPISF) Alumni Basketball Games.
Foundation founder Jenna Winokur said exhibition games were added this year. The Phoenix varsity girls and boys squads played against their counterparts from Mt. View, a school in Thorndike.
The first game featured the Phoenix Junior Varsity Girls team versus alumni from schools in Jay and Livermore Falls.
Boys who had graduated from those schools played in the second contest.
The night ended with the two exhibition games. The girls played first, followed by the boys.
Donations for the foundation were accepted at the door. A 50/50 raffle, tickets on more than three dozen gift baskets, games and concessions added more to the treasury.
“It’s amazing. This whole event runs on donations, all to benefit the foundation,” Winokur said.
A 2011 graduate of Jay High School, Jake Lord was a star athlete. As a result of head injuries suffered while playing school sports, he died by suicide later that year. His sister created the JLPISF to honor his memory and make playing sports safer.
The mission of the foundation is to promote safety in youth sports, to increase public awareness of the impact of concussions on the mental health of athletes and to promote public policies that will protect youth from the devastating consequences of head injuries.
The foundation’s vision is for every youth athlete to have access to high quality sports equipment to diminish the likelihood of concussions and brain injuries. Players will be supported off the field by coaches and managers trained in maintaining equipment, concussion awareness, baseline screening programs and policies aimed at protecting youth.
For more information or to donate visit http://www.facebook/JLPISF, email email@example.com or call 207-931-9606.