Hoops for Hope aims for success
by Matt Shinall
Nov 28, 2011 | 1260 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Saturday's youth basketball tournament will mark the ninth annual Hoops for Hope fundraiser benefiting local students.

Through raffle tickets and concession sales, the Bartow County Employee Committee/HR Council will raise funds this weekend for Bartow Give a Kid a Chance and need-based scholarships.

Youth 10 and under will kick off their recreational basketball season on Saturday at the Hamilton Crossing Gym with the all-day Hoops for Hope tournament. About 170 kids will compete in the games lasting from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. when the top two teams go head-to-head and the tournament victor is decided.

"They'll be playing against one another all day and at the end, the top two teams will playing against one another to see who wins the tournament. And throughout the day, we'll be giving away door prizes," said Deborah Sexton, Bartow Employer Committee/HR Council chair.

Door prizes, donated by local businesses and individuals, will be given out regularly during the event to guests purchasing $1 tickets. For those items, the winner must be present to claim their prize.

Larger ticket items, however, will not require the winner's presence. Raffle tickets for the featured items start at $1 for prizes; such as a $100 Walmart gift card, a Pampered Chef gift set, a hand-crafted afghan and a "Yum Fun" basket filled with gift certificates to local restaurants and tickets to the Northwest Georgia Women's Expo.

For $3, participants have a chance at winning the romance package. The romantic prize includes an overnight stay at Cartersville's Hilton Garden Inn plus a $50 gift card to Cartersville Florist.

Grand prizes going for $5 per ticket will put the purchaser in the running for a $200 gift certificate for Panama City Condo Vacations or a 32-inch flat screen television.

Although participants in the tournament may claim a title Saturday and spectators have a chance of going home with a prize, Sexton feels the winners are those benefiting from the tournament's proceeds. Bartow Give a Kid a Chance is held each summer to ready kids for school by providing them with health screenings, clothes, a meal and a backpack full of school supplies. The outreach served about 1,400 kids this year.

"The children are the real winners because all of our efforts go into this annual fundraiser. We give about a $3,000 contribution to Bartow Give a Kid a Chance and we give graduating seniors need-based scholarships," Sexton said. "The fundraiser is just one way that we can give back to the community through our committee."

For more information on Hoops for Hope or to find out how a business can get involved, call Deborah Sexton at 678-640-2692 or Georgia Department of Labor Employment Marketing Representative Jennifer Stephens at 770-387-3960.