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ESM Basketball Classic: Staff vs Students & Alumni Game

East Syracuse Minoa DECA Presents:
“2023 Costello Classic” Basketball Games to Benefit V Foundation.

Come out for a fun night of entertainment to support the V Foundation and honor Larry Costello, a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Member and an ESM Alum raised in Minoa. “2023 Costello Classic” will be held on Saturday, December 16th in the ESM High School Gymnasium starting at 6:00 PM. The 1st game will feature a student vs. staff game at 6:00 PM.  The 2nd game, which features ESM alumni, will tip-off at 7:30 PM.  We will honor the legacy of Larry Costello between games. 

All proceeds from this event will be donated to the V Foundation in memory of Larry Costello. The mission of the V Foundation is to fund game-changing research and all-star scientists to accelerate Victory Over Cancer® and save lives. The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded by ESPN and legendary basketball coach Jim Valvano with one goal in mind: to achieve Victory Over Cancer®. Thanks to an endowment funded by generous donors, 100% of direct donations benefit cancer research and programs. This means that not one single cent of your donation goes to operating expenses.

We are proud to announce we are registered as a DIY Fundraiser with the V Foundation and listed on their website.  If you visit, select Events & Fundraisers tab & view all events you will see 2023 Costello Classic listed.  If you cannot attend the event but would like to make a tax deductible donation, please visit 2023 Costello Classic.  You can make your donation in honor of someone affected by cancer and all of the proceeds will go directly to the V Foundation in honor of them and it will benefit our event.

Every dollar and donation matters.  “We need money for research. It may not save my life, it may save my children's lives. It may save someone you love.” Jimmy V

Tickets will be available to purchase at the door on the night of the event. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. 

If you have questions about the event, please contact us at

Austin Betts, Trey Bova, Reide Scolaro, Michael Ojeda, Sophie Jones, Justin Garlough
ESM DECA Event Planners
ESM DECA, Costello Family, & V Foundation would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for your support.

We are working together with one goal in mind: to achieve Victory Over Cancer®.