Tier Gibbons – 1851 Staff
The Multicultural Student Union (MSU) held its fifth annual Hoops For AIDS Charity
Event last month. Students formed teams to compete for various prizes. The winner of the tournament squared off against a group of alumni; the students won by a long shot.
The winners of the tournament were Ricky Landais, Ray Pena, Jeremy Daniel, Chris Canino, and Nda Nnoli. Before the tournament began, Landais, promised to score 30 points or he would donate $100 to the cause.
The alumni team featured former Lasers Demitri Lambright from the class of 2012 and Javon Williams from the class of 2013. Williams was a star while playing for Lasell and is a member of 1,000-point club.
Brandon Ganesh, senior captain of the Men’s Basketball team, served as the master of ceremonies and provided courtside entertainment for fans. Juniors Ryan Williams and Mike Vallone lent a hand by serving as referees for the games. Not only were students entertained by a night of basketball, but the Divine Step Team
made an appearance at half time.
Reginah Sanyu hopes that one day MSU can collaborate with other schools in the
area for a larger event. “It’s great how we come together, but it would be nice if we could connect with groups on other campuses such as Brandeis or Mount Ida,” said Sanyu.
Jazmine Jackson, the president of MSU, has been doing Hoops for AIDS since her
freshman year. “My favorite part is giving back, but I also like that it’s like a homecoming for us. Many students come out to the event and it’s great to see everyone having fun and coming together,” said Jackson.
MSU raised over $100. The proceeds will go to The Foundation for AIDS Research
(amfAR). AmfAR is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment, education, and the advocacy of AIDS-related public policy. Recently they launched a campaign with hopes of finding a cure for the disease by 2020.