Editor's note: The time of the game has changed due to impending weather.
GLENS FALLS — Faculty from Glens Falls and South Glens Falls schools have agreed to square off this Saturday in a fundraiser basketball game benefiting the South High Marathon Dance.
Robert Amberger, a business teacher at Glens Falls, came up with the idea as a way to give back to those who organize the dance every year.
“I’m a teacher in Glens Falls; my kids go to South Glens Falls and I thought that there had to be something more we could do to show our appreciation for everything,” Amberger said.
Amberger initially contacted the dance planning committee in September to float the idea, and it was well-received. He got the ball rolling at South Glens Falls by reaching out to school librarian Mike Davies.
Despite saying he has virtually no experience with basketball, Davies liked the idea so much he agreed to coach his side.
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“My entire qualifications are that I own a clipboard and a suit,” Davies laughed.
The game was an easy pitch for both Amberger and Davies, who said they quickly filled up their rosters. Teachers and administrators from both districts will participate, with students calling the game and keeping score.
Davies said students are excited to see their teachers have fun, and would like to see the game become an annual tradition.
The game will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Glens Falls High School gym, and is free to the public. Doors will open at 1:15 p.m. There will be opportunities to donate directly, as well as raffle tickets and refreshments during the game. All money raised will go directly toward the dance.
The schools’ rivalry may be intense, but Amberger was quick to say that this game would be much more relaxed.
“I’d like to have some bragging rights, so it’d be nice to win, but of course it’s all for fun,” Amberger said.