The second annual Hoops for Hope took place Friday night, April 4 in Levick Arena with all donations earned being given to the Waverly Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
Hoops for Hope is a student lead event where faculty and students play a competitive game of basketball. The event was free for audience members but all were encouraged to donate money for the non-profit organization.
“The goal was to raise awareness on the importance of Big Brothers, Big Sisters and to just provide a good night with free fun,” Ieshia Brown, student leader for the event, said. “It was the perfect opportunity for students to take a study break and for faculty to get more involved.”
The game ended with the score being 78-78 and continued with a tie-breaker round with faculty winning 81- 78. Fifteen students and ten faculty members were involved in game.
Several games were also played throughout the event to get the audience involved, including a half-court shot, dance contest, “dizzy ball game” and more. Winners from each game received gift cards and gift certificates from local businesses.
“My favorite part was just playing basketball again and getting the chance to play with people I didn’t know really well,” Kjerstin Lewis, a participant in Hoops for Hope, said. “It’s for a good cause and a great way to get involved.”
Faculty and students were notified about participating in the event mostly by email, word of mouth, advertising in the Mensa and through KWAR. Participants in the game were from all majors and departments on campus.
“I’ve never really played basketball before but I was asked to participate and it sounded like a lot of fun,” Megan McMillin, a participant and the physician assistant at Noah Clinic, said. “Seeing the students interact with the faculty was a lot of fun.”
“My favorite part was playing against my professor, Dr. Kittle,” Daion Irvin, a participant in the event, said. “Everyone had fun throughout the entire process.”
The Black Student Union and Social Work Club collaborated for the event because of Brown’s involvement in both organizations and past connections formed between the campus organizations and Waverly’s Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Brown said. The goal of the event was to earn $300 through donation like last year. The total money earned through the event will be confirmed by Monday.
“If we don’t meet our goal it’s OK, every bit counts,” Brown said.
The hope for the event this year was to continue the tradition for Hoops for Hope and to get more students, faculty and the community involved every year, Brown said. With more participation, more money can be earned for Waverly’s Big Brothers, Big Sisters and a great cause for the community.