by Senior Communications Intern Hope Aita
The Notre Dame gymnasium was filled with life, laughter, and cheer on Wednesday, April 27. This year marked the 4th Hoops for Hope event after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, and the ND students showed their excitement to have it back. Hoops for Hope was started six years ago by the ND SHADES Club in an attempt to bring multiple school clubs together to work toward a common, service and community centered goal.
Leading up to the event, student Carolyn Aranha ‘22 designed a logo for this year's Hoops for Hope t-shirts that were sold to faculty, staff and students. Everyone wore the shirts on Wednesday in a sign of solidarity and support. We are grateful to AnnMarie Crivelli '80 and Destination Athlete for donating the t-shirts. All proceeds from the t-shirt sales went to Catholic Relief Service to help the citizens of Ukraine. This year Hoops for Hope is happy to announce that they have raised over $2,000 to help those overseas.
This year 34 teams signed up to play with over 300 students from all grade levels participating and working together. Countless other students sat in the stands to show support for their friends. The event ran from 3 - 9:30 p.m. Players competed in various levels including Competitive, Intermediate, and “Just for Fun."
Congratulations to the “B-Team” who won the intermediate level and “Peter’s Kiss” who won the competitive level. The SHADES Club would also like to congratulate “McTriple Doubles” team on winning best team and “Not Fast, Just Furious” for best uniform.
This event would not have been possible without the hard work of the all the SHADES club members, especially Jaylen Bajnath ‘22, Patrice Isaiah ‘22, and Havelin Autry ‘22. They created a fun and exciting event that was enjoyed by all, even Principle Barlow and President Jennings. In addition, thank you to The National Honor Society who donated concessions and door prizes for contestant winners and all the students who helped with brackets, scoring, refereeing, coaching and playing!