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Hoops for Hope

Sara Furtak
The crowds were cheering as the Notre Dame community joined together on Wednesday, November 13 for the 3rd Annual Hoops for Hope charity basketball tournament. The event grows bigger each year. This year, 100 students from the Celebrate Life Club, SHADES Club, Justice Club, and Service Club volunteered, while over 300 students, administration, faculty and staff members participated in the Hoops for Hope basketball tournament.
The ND SHADES Club first came up with the idea for the charity basketball tournament, three years ago. Club members decided they wanted to work in union with other Notre Dame clubs and organizations towards a common community service goal and Hoops for Hope became a reality and a very successful school-wide charity event.

Last year, all Hoops for Hope proceeds went directly to the New Hope Hospital in Haiti. This year, the proceeds from the event will go directly to Hurricane relief for those who were affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. The SHADES Club, Celebrate Life Club, and Justice Club teamed up with Catholic Release Services to donate to the Bahamas to aid in the reconstruction in the country. Notre Dame students are also very excited to help Sprouts U School of the Arts students by supplying them with winter clothes, school supplies, and non-perishable food items that were collected during the event.

Mrs. Eileen Marx, faculty member and one of the SHADES Club moderators said, “This student-generated event is always so fun, it’s all about having a blast, but making a difference.”  Mrs. Marx along with Mrs. Stevenson, Ms. Berko, Mrs. Hart, and Miss Coppola assisted the ND students as needed but the students run the event independently. Hoops for Hope T-shirts were designed by Cortaz Williams ’20, SHADES Club member and star running back for the Notre Dame Varsity Football Team. For the third year, AnnMarie Crivelli ’80, owner of Destination Athlete, donated 500 T-shirts to ND for the tournament. Supporters could purchase T-shirts for $10. Students, faculty, and staff wore the T-shirts on Wednesday to show support for Hoops for Hope.

Forty-eight teams joined together to participate in the exciting basketball tournament. ND student’s not only played in the games but also announced, refereed, performed and ran a raffle and a concessions stand. Each team chose a level of play – competitive, intermediate or “just for fun.” Team Green on God won the intermediate bracket and team Team Canada won the competitive bracket. Team Shawty Slayers won Most Creative Costumes.

In addition to the 100+ items collected for Sprouts U, a total of $3,800 was raised for Hurricane relief in the Bahamas. Many thanks to members of the SHADES Club, Celebrate Life Club, Justice Club, Mrs. Eileen Marx, Mrs. Eileen Hart, Mrs. Peggy Wroblewski, Ms. Jacqueline Coppola ’09, Mrs. Rose Stevenson ’75, Ms. Isabel Berko, Mrs. Ann DeMille and all of the ND students, faculty and staff who worked tirelessly to make this charity event successful and fun for everyone. Our student’s strong leadership and organizational skills do not go unnoticed! We are so proud of the students who ran this event from start to finish.
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Located on 100 beautiful acres in Central New Jersey, Notre Dame High School, founded in 1957, is a college preparatory school for grades 9 - 12, preparing young men and women for lives of purpose, built upon a foundation of Catholic faith, with a commitment to academics, co-curricular activities and service to others.