Ben Rice is set to take place in the A Shot for Life Challenge on Aug. 1 and to do so must raise at least $1,000.
Ben Rice hit a team-high 77 3-pointers during his senior season this past winter, helping to lead the Whitman-Hanson Regional High boys’ basketball team to a share of the Division 2 state title.
Now, Rice is ready to line up some more shots for an even bigger cause. Rice is one of 16 Massachusetts high school boys’ basketball players selected to take part in the A Shot For Life (ASFL) Challenge, which is scheduled to be held Saturday, Aug. 1 at Starland Sportsplex in Hanover.
The event is a hybrid of a highly competitive basketball shooting competition and a fundraiser. ASFL is a multi-dimensional organization that raises money for cancer research, empowers athletes to use their abilities and talents for the benefit of others, and inspires hope. Funds raised by the A Shot For Life Challenge benefit the Dr. Curry Research Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital. Each participant must raise at least $1,000.
“After I was chosen I knew how important this event really is,” said Rice, who will play basketball at Connecticut College, this winter. “My goals are to have my fundraising total be well over the minimum of $1,000, to spread awareness about the cause to as many people as possible, and lastly, win the event.”
“Ben was one of the top shooters in the state his senior year and we all know he loves to shoot, so it’s great he can do something he is so passionate about and help so many people,” said W-H boys’ basketball head coach Bob Rodgers.
It is a competitive selection process to become A Shot For Life shooter, according to ASFL CEO and founder Mike Slonina.
“We not only scout all prospective shooters closely, but we also interview for people of great character,” stated Slonina in a press release. “The selection process this year was heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and accompanying lockdown. This year more than ever, a player showing initiative and proactively wanting to use their talent for good carried a lot of weight. We are extremely proud of the 2020 roster as we welcome many new players into the A Shot For Life family. All of the participants involved in the A Shot For Life Challenge have committed to spend a significant amount of time and energy to raise money for brain cancer research. Their excitement and willingness to do so speaks volumes about who they are as people off of the court.”
To donate to ASFL for Rice, go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/2020-a-shot-for-life-challenge and type his name under the comment section.
If the event is not able to go off as planned on Aug. 1, Slonina said they have contingency plans.
“I am most looking forward to being able to compete with some of the best shooters I have ever heard of or played against and hopefully I have a great shooting day,” Rice said.