Hardcourt challenge to benefit Harrington scholarship fund

Morgan Harrington

Morgan Harrington

What do doctors and doctors-in-training do to relax? Well, in Roanoke next month, it will be play basketball, all for a good cause. The Docs for Morgan basketball challenge will pit two special teams against each other in the Patrick Henry High School gymnasium on Thursday, January 22. Students at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine will face off against a team of Carilion Clinic residents, attending physicians, and students at the Jefferson College of Health Sciences to raise money to benefit the school’s Morgan Dana Harrington Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The third annual Docs for Morgan event honors the memory of Morgan Harrington, who worked at the school as a summer intern before returning to Virginia Tech for her junior year of study. She is remembered for her kind heart, exuberant laugh, and can-do spirit.

“Organizations and individuals have come forward enthusiastically about volunteering for this event” said Dr. Tracey Criss, a psychiatrist at Carilion Clinic and the school’s assistant dean for clinical science for years 3 and 4. “We’re looking forward to the same kind of intense, but friendly competitive spirit that we’ve had the past two years. Teams are already in place, and we’re hoping for a large crowd to cheer them on as we honor Morgan with this event.”

During the game, a raffle will be held for the chance to take a half-court shot during halftime to win $10,000. The Patrick Henry High School pep band and the Cave Spring and Lord Botetourt cheerleaders will be on hand to add to the evening’s excitement. Student members from local and regional high school and college chapters of Help Save the Next Girl will be in attendance, and a silent auction will accept bids on sports memorabilia and gift certificates.

Docs for Morgan will be held Thursday, January 22, 2015, at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted at the door. Patrick Henry High School is located at 2102 Grandin Road, SW, in Roanoke.

To learn more, visit the event online.