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CM's Slonina named 'Rising Star'

Former Catholic Memorial basketball manager Mike Slonina, founder of A Shot For Life, Inc., was tabbed for Boston Children's Hospital's "Rising Star" Award earlier this week.

Slonina, a Watertown resident and senior at Quinnipiac University, founded A Shot For Life while a senior at CM, when he shot a basketball for 24 hours straight in the name of brain cancer research.

The last two summers, Slonina has hosted the "Shot For Life Challenge" at Hanover's University Sports Complex, which pits over two-dozen of the Bay State's top high school shooters in an endurance contest, with the winner crowned as the best shooter in Massachusetts. ESPNBoston.com has annually covered the event, which last year raised $27,000.

Below is the press release:

Watertown, MA (May 2015) -- The Community Fundraising team of Boston Children’s Hospital has announced that Mike Slonina is the recipient of the 2014 Rising Star Award. The Rising Star Award is given to the charity or fundraising group that shows the largest percentage of growth from year to year. From 2013 to 2014 A Shot For Life, Inc. grew by 270 percent.

“I’m so honored that Children’s Hospital has named me their 2015 Rising Star," Slonina said. "While it’s an honor to even be considered for any award, this award means so much to me because it shows their belief in me and A Shot For Life as a whole. My long term vision for ASFL is to be a serious and difference making fundraising force on a national level. We will continue to work day and night to make that happen. I cannot overstate how honored I am that they believe in what we’re building here at A Shot For Life. Our growth last year was tremendous and I, my incredible staff, our interns, and all of our tremendous athletes are working hard to ensure that we continue to grow just as aggressively.”

Children’s Hospital is holding an awards reception at Kimberly Farms on May 17th to recognize the recipients of the Rookie of the Year Award, The Rising Star Award, the Young Philanthropist Award, and the Boston Children’s Hospital Spirit Award. Mr. Slonina will be unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict. He will be graduating from Quinnipiac University with a degree in psychology on the same day. A reception for the Rising Star Award will be set at a later date.