Story by Adrian Arvizu and Presley Swearigen

Viking guard William English goes toe to toe with point guard Joshua Welcome of Southwest Cougars.
Photo by: Presley Swearingen/Viking

The Hall of Champions gym was flooded with students, athletes, and staff to stand and support the fight against cancer on a Friday night.

Student clubs filled the gym to raise money, The Order of Thor, located their booth in the front of the door. Their table was filled with treats of all kinds, contributing the for the fight against cancer.

The clubs president, Enrique Escobedo, a communications major, said, “When I first heard about this event, the whole group wanted to help participate because it was for a great opportunity for us to show a commitment to the school.”

According to Escobedo, The Order of Thor represented the idea of community and the belief on helping others in any way possible. Emphasising on having fun in what they do was clear through the event as.

There was also a pop-a-shot game where students competed in a free throw contest to win a prize.

Among the people enjoying the event was Miss Long Beach, who wanted to offer her support in the event. Kristina Galias, winner of Miss Long Beach 2017, is a former nursing student at LBCC, she was collecting donations for the cause. After her time at LBCC she transferred to Long Beach State and studied elementary education and child development.

When talking about the event she said, “You can feel the energy that the students have brought  and you get a great sense of community.”

She said, “It was a great way to bring student athletics and school clubs together for a night. Everyone who joined was enthusiastic about getting together to stand for a great cause.”

Doug Otto, a member of the board of trustees for Long Beach City College, spoke from personal experience of what it was like to be a cancer survivor.  He said, “It takes a winning attitude to beat cancer.”

 

During the game there was also collection jars passed around for people to donate.

Bolton was going around buying treats and seeing ASB students participate. She called the event unifying, especially on a night when everyone does not want to be at school. All the money made that night will be donated for cancer research to find a cure for the disease.

The Vikings men’s basketball team did not disappoint family and fans who attended. An very important event required a win and the Vikings prevailed. A strong first period allowed the Vikings to put pressure on Los Angeles SouthWest and take a 45-38 lead at the half.

The Vikings slid into a comfortable 15-point lead. Southwest slowly picked away at that lead. The Vikings were able to hold their own as they finished the  the night a final score of 92-80 Vikings.

Matt Arrivas, 21, freshman on the Viking basketball team, said, “My favorite part about playing for Long Beach City College is that I love the energy of the crowd, my teammates and my coach.” He also said, “I like to support coaches vs. cancer because it raises awareness.

To make a donation and to learn more about cancer’s causes, detection, treatments and research efforts, visit American Cancer Society’s website at www.cancer.org