The guys and gals who work at Canandaigua National Bank and Trust Co. take on the veteran hoopsters of the Rochester Wheels
CANANDAIGUA — It promises to be a fun night, with guys and gals who work at Canandaigua National Bank and Trust Co. taking on the veteran hoopsters of Rochester Wheels. While local legendary coach Michael O'Donnell plans to play his fellow bankers hard, the players going by names such as “Too Hot to Trot” Simpson, “Money Bags” Yacuzzo, “Curly Girl Shannon” Kay and “Go Getter Gwen” Crawford are in for some stiff competition.
“I love competition,” said CNB colleague JT Michalko, an Olympic hopeful who will be playing against the CNBankers on the Rochester Wheels team.
Rochester Wheels is an adult wheelchair basketball team that demonstrates the significant abilities of athletes with disabilities through competition, tournaments and exhibition games. All proceeds from Friday's event — which includes a bake sale and 50-50 raffle — benefit Rochester Wheels and SportsNet, an adaptive sports and inclusive recreation program of Rochester Rehabilitation. The agency serves more than 3,800 people in the greater Rochester area who are living with disabilities.
Michalko, 29, a 2003 Canandaigua Academy graduate, runs the imaging department at CNB. But on Friday night, he will play his 9-to-5 comrades in a game in which all players will be in wheelchairs — something Michalko is good at. He has been playing wheelchair basketball since he was about 12 years old.
At Edinboro University in Pennsylvania, Michalko played Division I wheelchair basketball.
At Rochester Wheels, Michalko is a familiar and formidable player with a number of years on the team under his belt.
Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Canandaigua Middle School.
If you go
WHAT CNBankers vs. Rochester Wheels benefit basketball game
WHEN Friday; tip-off at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE Canandaigua Middle School, 215 Granger St., Canandaigua
DETAILS Everyone plays the game from a wheelchair during the competition and fundraiser, with proceeds benefitting the Rochester Wheels and SportsNet.
TICKETS $3 per person or $10 per family. Tickets are available at all CNB Bank offices and at the door.