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Eastside Medical, GMC to play basketball for charity

SNELLVILLE — A little friendly competition never hurt anybody — especially when it’s between doctors, and when it’s to raise money for a good cause.

Physicians at Eastside Medical Center and Gwinnett Medical Center have decided to take their rivalry to the basketball court, and will square off on the hardwood on Tuesday.

The game — a revival of a matchup that occurred 10 years ago — will help bring in money for Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society’s top annual fundraiser.

If You Go

• What: Eastside vs. Gwinnett Medical Center Physicians basketball game

• When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

• Where: Dacula High School, 123 Broad St., Dacula

• Tickets are available at both Eastside Medical Center and Gwinnett Medical Center for $5. They will also be sold at the door.

Ginger Powell, Eastside’s operating room nurse coordinator, is one of the co-chairs of the event.

“By the end of the last game, a few elbows were being thrown,” she said with a laugh. “So it’s taken that long before we decided we wanted to have a rematch.”

Rosters of eight to 10 physicians from each hospital will try to best their opponents on the floor at Dacula High School, in front of what organizers hope will be a large crowd.

The school has donated the court time in exchange for a small donation from the proceeds to its own Relay for Life team.

In addition to the game, a halftime show will entertain fans and hopefully bring in even more money for the cause. Word is Eastside CEO Kim Ryan has agreed to be a cheerleader for the game.

“There is quite a bit of friendly competition and rivalry between the two groups and the hospitals,” Pam Kramer, Eastside’s director of physician support and oncology programs, said in an email.

Tickets are being sold at both hospitals for $5 apiece, and will also be available at the door. The game will be held at 7 p.m., with doors opening an hour beforehand.

Win or lose, both teams will happy with raising money for cancer research. Powell, of course, expects her Eastside team to come away victorious. Kind of.

“I’m not so sure,” Powell said. “I think that the Gwinnett team takes it a litte more serious.”