The origin of A Shot For Life
A Shot For Life began in 2010 when Founder Mike Slonina’s mother was diagnosed with a potentially malignant brain tumor. Mike wanted to make a difference and he used his love of basketball as a vehicle to both raise money for the MGH Cancer Center and spread awareness for early detection. He began training everyday for a 24 hour fundraiser.
On April 9th, 2011 Mike became the first and only person to shoot a basketball for 24 consecutive hours from all over the basketball floor. Injury was not something that would stop Mike on his mission. He started the 24 hours with a nerve damaged ankle. In the second hour he cut his middle finger on his shooting hand, and in the fourth hour he tore his shooting wrist. In total Mike shot 73.2% from all over the floor with a majority of shots taken from the mid-range and three-point area.
An ESPN Boston story was published days before the 24 hour event, the story was picked up nationally. As the press of Mike’s story spread, he started to hear from cancer patients, survivors, and those directly impacted in other ways from all over the world. Once Mike saw the level of excitement and passion from the cancer community, there was no going back from the road that was taking shape.
That event was called A Shot For Life and became the inspiration for the 501c3 organization that has grown to be a force in sports fundraising.
Mike Slonina is a recognized World Record Holder on RecordSetter.com.
Mike's 24 hours in 2011 marked the starting point for our organization. Since then, hundreds of athletes have put on an ASFL jersey in various sports to play for our cause. We hope you will join our community and become a part of our organization!
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