Golf Tournament Held to Benefit Oneonta High School Coach

Published 07/22 2014 04:09PM

Updated 07/22 2014 05:13PM

The Whitney Point-Lisle and Oneonta communities are rallying around a high school coach who's facing a serious health concern.

Lisle native and Oneonta High School basketball coach Jerry Mackey was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in February, forcing him to abruptly step back from his teaching job and coaching duties.

Last week, friends, family and colleagues held a charity golf tournament at Ford Hill Country Club for the former Whitney Point and Hartwick College basketball star.

The benefit was the idea of Ford Hill co-owner Mike Decker and friends Corey Green and Tom Kraly helped to organize the event and line up sponsors.

Kraly says Mackey has always been a high-energy person with great leadership skills on and off the court.

"It was just an enormous response, overwhelming response, that we changed from having hole sponsors to having posters put up with all of the people that are sponsoring. Jerry will be able to take those posters home," said Kraly.

Kraly says even some basketball referees donated to the cause.

Mackey says he's currently experiencing improved symptoms in the cyclical disease and he remains hopeful that he can one day return to coaching.

To make a donation, call Ford Hill Country Club at 692-8938.

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