More Than A Game is continually expanding, but our fight thus far has allowed us to partner with three outstanding regional communities:
SYRACUSE , NY
Upstate Golisano Children Hospital is to be a location for child health care, health policy, pediatric education and pediatric research for Upstate New York. Golisano Children’s Hospital offers a full range of general and specialty pediatric services, in a child friendly and state-of-the-art facility. The new hospital houses over 87,000 square feet of space and features all private rooms with baths and numerous child and family-friendly amenities.
The Upstate Cancer Center opened in 2014 to provide Central New York with the only institution to offer a state-of-the-art outpatient services (where most cancer treatment occurs) with immediate access to inpatient care in one location—it is also the only facility to provide care for all ages, child through adult.
MTAG started with the schools in the Syracuse area with just Section 3 with in Central New York. Section 3 consist of 104 schools – the area includes Syracuse and 11 counties: south to Cortland, north to Watertown area, east to Utica area and west to Auburn and has 23,000 student-athletes. It includes Onondaga High School League, Central County League, Frontier League, and the Tri-Valley and Center State Conference. It is the largest region affiliated with the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.
Recently MTAG was asked to expand its territory for Upstate and include schools in the Binghamton area. By adding Section IV in 2017-18 that will add an additional 71 schools to approach to get involved.
Golisano Children Hospital at Strong recently expanded into a new $145 million facility – 245,000 square feet in size and is adjacent to the current Strong Memorial Hospital lobby. They have 52 private rooms to offer more space for parents to stay with their children. They new hospital also provides 68 NICU bed to increased privacy and more much-needed space for families and life-saving equipment.
The Wilmot Cancer Center is a component of Strong Memorial Hospital and encompasses all cancer and research activities of the University of Rochester Medical Center throughout the region. It features 84-beds and offers patients one of upstate New York’s largest blood and marrow transplant programs and the Rochester area’s only ACOS-accredited breast cancer center.
MTAG started with the schools in the Rochester area with Section V (5). Geographically, Section V consists of th ecity of Rochester, its surrounding towns and villages in Monroe County, and the Counties along the Genesee River and Eastern Finger Lakes. There are 129 schools within Section V.
FORT MYERS, FL
Golisano Children Hospital open its new facility in April 2017 located on the grounds of the HealthPark Medical Center in Fort Myers. The new seven-story tower serves children and families from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The comprehensive pediatric facility is the only acute care children’s hospital between Tampa and Miami.
Barbara’s Friends supports the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. It is a foundation that assist in developing a comprehensive children’s cancer program and provides resources to fulfill needs for treatment, education, and care for pediatric cancer patients and their families at the hospital.
Fort Myers-Area Schools
2017-18 will be the first year in Southwest Florida. It will be important to target all schools and promote all sports to each school. The first season will be important to establish relationship and work closely with the contacts at the hospital to solidify the agreement between MTAG and Golisano Children’s Hospital. The hospital is located in Fort Myers, Lee County. Within the Florida High School Athletic Association, Lee County and Collier County are in Legislative Division 23, consisting of 39 schools. The hospital also covers Charlotte County – Legislative Division 20, 4 schools. Also Hendry and Glades County, Legislative Divison 22, consisting of 8 schools; a total of 51 schools. That will be the main focus for MTAG to duplicate in Southwest Florida – with expanding out as we become more familiar with the area.