Mason Teams with Leukemia Society to Give Kids ‘the World’

Posted: December 17, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mason men’s head basketball coach Jim Larranaga and the Mason Geography Department are teaming up with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s National Capital Area Chapter to provide a special gift to children hospitalized at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children.

On Tuesday, Dec. 18, Larranaga and members of the Mason basketball and cheerleading squads will visit Inova to distribute the World Ball, an official NCAA-sized basketball that looks like a globe, to children who are hospitalized. The visit will also feature geography quizzes, autographs and photo opportunities for the children.

Many children who battle cancers such as leukemia spend days, weeks, months and years in treatment and are often confined to their hospital rooms. The World Ball will provide the hospitalized children with an activity that is both fun and educational.

The World Ball was developed in 2006 as a result of a collaboration between Allan Falconer, chair of the Mason Geography Department, and Larranaga.

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Allan Falconer and Jim Larranaga
Geography Department chair Allan Falconer and men’s basketball coach Jim Larranaga.
Photo by John Aronson

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