Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation Hosts "All You Need Is Love" Basketball Game
Jan 22, 2017 05:10AM
● By Theresa Gilman
(Editor's Note: this content was provided by the Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation.)
This year, we are planning to have an “All You Need is Love” Basketball Game to support the Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart (JMBH) Foundation. The game will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at Dracut High School: Freshman play at 4:00, JV at 5:30, Varsity at 7:00. Tickets will be sold at regular game pricing.
Joe’s aunt, Jillian Middlemiss, is the head coach of opponent Methuen High School's Varsity team. The Middlemisses have ties to both the communities of Dracut and Methuen, so we think there will be tremendous amount of energy around this event.
Some of the planned activities are:
- Have players from each program sell hearts for $5 a heart. The hearts would be posted on the wall during the game. Dracut High & Methuen High would compete against each other for selling the most hearts. Hearts will also be sold at the game and are available at the Dracut High School Front Office and Athletic Office.
- Joe was a big Superhero fan so, we are asking all fans to wear a Superhero shirt or costume to the game. The Dracut coaching staff will be wearing Superhero shirts that night.
- The varsity players will put together a pre-game warm-up mix of Beatles and Superhero songs.
The gate from the game and proceeds from the 50/50 raffle are being donated to the JMBH Foundation. Last year’s fundraiser earned over $3,500 for the foundation, and we are hoping to raise more this year!
Born with a rare congenital heart disease known as cardiomyopathy, Joseph fought for life from his very first breath. A chest x-ray revealed an enlarged heart that caused a lifetime of medical struggles, but this BIG HEART also came to symbolize all the love he emulated during his short time with us.
His parents' greatest desire is to carry on Joe's legacy by continuing to touch the lives of others by opening hearts just as their son had done. The Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation raises funds for medical research, supports families of children with cardiomyopathy and other heart issues, and spreads Joe's legacy of love and kindness.