Dec. 9 quadruple-header will help raise funds for the Jacobs family and medical expenses for recovery of infant June Elizabeth

It’s the season for high school basketball so of course, you should go to games.

But if ever you needed extra incentive, circle Dec. 9 and make plans to be in Bloomfield. On the calendar, you’ll see Bloomfield boys and girls scheduled to play Lyons. 

But beyond that, you’ll see a community coming together as a community should when there is a need. And on Dec. 9, the Jacobs family could use your help.

June Elizabeth was born on Sept. 17 and doctors discovered a hole in her heart and one working lung. June Elizabeth is the son of Bloomfield graduate Ben Jacobs and the granddaughter of Mark Jacobs, longtime baseball coach and business teacher for the Bombers.

Little June required surgery after she was born, and complications required her transfer to a New York City hospital, where she remains today. She will likely be there for another 10 to 12 months, and this is where you can help.

The Dec. 9 basketball event at Bloomfield will feature four games between varsity and junior varsity games. And so the Team June Bug event will help raise funds to cover costs of travel and lodging for the Jacobs family who are not able to remain in New York City during June’s recovery.

A bake sale, a 50/50 raffle, added concessions and more will be part of the day, the idea of which came from current Bloomfield basketball players.

“He’s had a huge impact on the kids,” said Frank Young, a longtime Bloomfield sports booster who is a 1983 graduate of the school. “You can see it in the players, he’s a bit of a father figure.”

In Coach J, Young said Bloomfield athletes have a coach who does more than help with sports skills. He’s always checking up on academics and is social with the kids, possessing the unique ability to blend his position of authority with a position of being a mentor.

Not all coaches can pull that off. Many times, it’s one or the other, but not with Jacobs, and that’s why the Bloomfield kids are so eager to do what they can to help, said Young.

“He reminds me of Gordie Joseph,” said Young of the late Bloomfield boys basketball coach who was inducted into the Section V Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. “He is the Gordie Joseph of Bloomfield today.”

Ben Jacobs, a 2007 graduate of Bloomfield and father of June, still comes back to help his dad with the baseball team at Bloomfield. And maintaining that connection with the game at his alma mater is yet another reason why the current Bombers are ready to help.

“We want to get as many people as we can,” said Young. “We want to get the family together, as it should be.”

The Dec. 9 schedule begins with the JV boys playing at noon, followed by the varsity boys at 1:30. The JV girls play at 3:30 and the varsity girls tip-off at 5 p.m.

If you’d like to provide baked goods, they can be dropped off at the high school cafeteria on Dec. 9 between 11 a.m. and noon. And if you can’t make it to the games, there is a gofundme.com/JuneElizabeth page for contributions. All proceeds from the day will go directly to the Jacobs family. 

Do what you can to help, even it’s as simple as a quick prayer for little June’s full recovery.

Chavez is sports editor at The Daily Messenger. Contact me at rchavez@messengerpostmedia.com or follow me @MPN_bchavez