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Tuesday February 20, 2018

 

 

Harrison High School is proud to host the 7th Annual “Dapper” McDonald 2018 Basketball Classic Tournament featuring the Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball teams from Harrison, Fox Lane, Woodlands, and Port Chester on Saturday, February 3rd at HHS. The schedule for Super Saturday is as follows:

Girls Consolation
Woodlands vs. Port Chester @ 1pm

Boys Consolation
Harrison vs. Port Chester @ 3pm

Girls Championship
Harrison vs. Fox Lane @ 5pm

Boys Championship
Woodlands vs. Fox Lane @ 7pm


The event honors the legacy of “Dapper” McDonald who battled Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and the four schools come together each year in competition and community to raise money for this devastating disease.  As his daughter Catherine McDonald said, she would like her father to be remembered as a man who “hustled but had heart.”

E. Richard "Dapper" McDonald was a husband and father of five, whose children attended Fox Lane High School and played multiple sports. Dapper worked with teachers and faculty from Harrison, Port Chester, and Woodlands Schools through his business. Over time, he became friendly with people from all four of these communities.  When Dapper attended a game to see one of his kids play for Fox Lane against Harrison, Port Chester or Woodlands, he could be seen on both sides of the bleachers. The Classic is meant to bring these four communities together in the same way that Dapper did. 

The “Dapper” McDonald Classic has helped raise money for the Dapper McDonald ALS Residence – a floor of the Leonard Florence Center for Living (LFCL).  The residence is a GreenHouse - “a cutting edge facility committed to extending resident’s lives by fostering independence through the use of cutting edge technology, continued engagement in the community, and dignity in the face of misfortune.”

The Residence is powered by technology created by Steve Saling, who will be speaking with the four teams and community members on Super Saturday.   Steve was an architect before he was diagnosed with ALS in 2006.  He found that as he lost the movement in his limbs, it sharpened his mind and he developed a sensor that he wears in the middle part on the frame of his glasses.  This sensor connects to the computer board he designed on his motorized chair.  Through the limited movement of his head, he is able to manage this “headmouse” to have conversations, open the doors of his residence, operate the elevator, prepare meals, maneuver the television and home theater to stream movies and change channels, and many more vital activities.  He believes technology will enhance what medicine cannot and will extend his life and the life of others by helping them live as independently as possible instead of “staring at the ceiling in a hospital bed.”

To learn more about the Dapper House and how to donate, please click on the link below:

https://www.dappershouse.org

To learn more about Steve Saling, please click on the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgYeTy8qNyY