Published Aug. 21, 2014
Hoops tournament supports youth programs
The Community House hosts 3-on-3 basketball competition fundraiser
Basketball is a great way to keep kids busy and active. And the games that will be played at this weekend’s 3-on-3 basketball fundraiser in Hinsdale will keep local youngsters entertained long after the tournament ends.
Long home to the annual Hoops for Life cancer fundraiser, the balls stopped bouncing in Hinsdale several years ago when Ronald McDonald House took over the event.
Mike Devine is one Hinsdale resident who missed the annual community event. When the former Hoops for Life organizer and current Community House board member offered to resurrect the tournament, Michael Roth, The Community House’s director of development, said there was little hesitation.
“We jumped on it,” Roth said.
The inaugural Community House 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will be held throughout the day Sunday, Aug. 24, with the first games set to start at 9 a.m. Teams of boys and girls from fourth grade through high school are encouraged to get together, in groups of three or four, and test their skills against other players of the same age and gender.
Men’s and women’s divisions will give slightly older players a chance to hit the courts, too, all in support of youth programming at The Community House.
Roth said the 73-year-old Community House provides about 300 programs to more than 3,000 children and teens each year. Those programs range from basketball to theater, dance classes to open gym.
“This will help us grow those programs,” he said.
Games will be held on the outdoor courts at The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., with parking available at Madison School or Robbins Park at Sixth and Vine
Hinsdale Central High School senior Nick Groves is co-president of the Community House Junior Board. He plays on the Hinsdale Central football team, but hopes to join a few friends on the court for the fundraiser he is helping to plan.
He also has recruited the Central basketball team as players in the double-elimination tournament.
“We have 50 teams so far,” Groves said. And there is room for a few more.
Each team will pay a registration fee that will go toward Community House programming. Corporate sponsorships are adding not only to the event’s bottom line, but also to the fun, with prizes donated to the winners in each age division.
“It’s a family day,” Devine said, with fun off the court as well as on.
A DJ will play music and inflatables will keep the children happy. Food and drink also will be available.
Devine said he hopes families and neighbors will make a day of the tournament.
“We don’t want to turn anyone away,” Devine said, but in order to keep things organized, teams must register by Aug. 23. They can do so at thecommunityhouse.org, or by stopping in at The Community House, Eighth and Madison, Hinsdale. Each team will pay a $180 registration fee.
Teams will check in between 7:30 and 9 a.m. Sunday, when they will learn the time of their first game. In case of rain, games will be moved to Hinsdale Central High School.
“We have a great turnout so far,” said Devine, who hopes to see the end-of-summer tournament become Hinsdale’s newest tradition.
— by Sandy Illian Bosch