When I think about the accident that involved Camp Anchor counselors on the Meadowbrook Parkway in July of 2010, I immediately remember how I could identify with these people. Jamie Malone, Paige Malone, and Michael Mulhall were tragically killed in that crash, just south of the location of the high school that I graduated from that spring, Kellenberg Memorial. They were travelling down a parkway that I’ve been down thousands of times, from driving to school, to track practice, or to visit the friends that I knew from the victims’ home town of Floral Park all the way down to Long Beach, right near the site of the camp. These were people who had many of the same experiences and dreams as me. The difference was that they were kids who weren’t just working their way through another hot Long Island summer to make some money to go back to school with, but to offer their time to help people in the community that needed it most. Now, for the second year, the community looks to give back in remembrance of these inspirational people.
On July 28th, the second Malone Mulhall Benefit Basketball Game will be played at Adelphi University, a year following the first event that was played at the home of the Red Storm at Carnesecca Arena. Three former members of the St. John’s basketball team will be on hand as Hall of Famer Chris Mullin will coach one of the teams, while Justin Burrell (Warriors Summer League) and Paris Horne (Bobcats Summer League) will take part in the action.
A full list of participating players is available on the game’s website. The doors open on the 28th at 12:30pm, with the day’s action beginning at 1:00pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 years and younger.
All proceeds from the event will go toward the Jamie and Paige Malone Foundation and the Michael Mulhall University of Scranton Scholarship.