Date: February 6, 2001
Written by Seth Eilberg


MEDFORD -- On January 15, the Tufts University Men's Basketball Team held a shoot-a-thon to support the charity organization Operation Smile.Op Smile was founded in 1982 in Norfolk, Virginia by plastic surgeon Dr. Bill Magee and his wife Kathy, a nurse and social worker. It is a non-profit organization that aims "to provide free reconstructive surgery and related health care to indigent children and young adults in developing countries and the United States."

Each member of the Tufts team shot 100 free throws and solicited pledges for each successful attempt. All together, the team raised $3,027, enough money to sponsor at least four surgeries. Prizes, donated by the event's corporate sponsor, Best Buy of Cambridge, were given to the players who raised the most money, got the most pledges, and made the most free throws. Freshman David Malouf (Winchester,MA/Winchester) raised $500 alone. Three players tied for the highest free throw total at 91. Overall, it was a great time as players shot free throws and chowed down on pizza, donated by DiFabio's Restaurant in Medford.

Team captain Dan Flaherty (Fairfield,CT/Fairfield Prep), summed up the day best, "This is a great opportunity for us to help out others less fortunate than us, and at the same time, for our team to have fun working together on something meaningful."