Hoops for Hope Tourney, April 27-28
From the streets of Bangalore, India to the classrooms in São Paulo, Brazil, the Brothers of Holy Cross continue to bring hope to people of many cultures, not just in preparing students to become citizens of the world but also to empower them in sharing that hope with others.
With the foundation of faith and the intentions of developing "a more just and human society," Holy Cross College, a college founded by the Holy Cross Brothers, proudly initiates Hoops for Hope.
Hoops for Hope is a student-led 3-on-3 basketball tournament that will bring awareness to the incredible work of the Brothers, while raising money for the poor communities in their ministries. Holy Cross College students are sent across international and cultural borders to serve alongside the Brothers in locations such as Ghana, Peru, Brazil, and India.
All proceeds from Hoops for Hope will be used to support the many schools and ministries in these areas. Funds earned will allow students to help an orphanage such as Abayadhama in India, and the street children program, Pastoral Do Menor in Brazil -- just two of the many ministries of hope ran by the Holy Cross Brothers. Community support of this event will result in a tangible gift of hope to the children and families that make up the Holy Cross family worldwide.
The Hoops for Hope tournament is open to area boys and girls ages 9 to14, and will be held April 27 - 28 on the campus of Holy Cross College (Notre Dame, Indiana).
The idea for "Hoops for Hope" came about when students returning from mission sites worldwide began looking into ways to support the work of the Brothers of Holy Cross. One of the college's student groups, the Social Concerns Committee, wanted to create a new tradition at Holy Cross--an event that would involve the entire campus, as well as greater Michiana Community. By holding a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for area youth, Holy Cross College would be able to raise money for those youth whom the Brothers' missions serve. Students of Holy Cross College plan to annually hold the event, inviting school-age children to campus for a fun, competitive tournament. Together the area children, along with students of Holy Cross will help youngsters worldwide, in the spirit of Holy Cross College.
Money raised by Hoops for Hope is intended to support the education and social ministries that the Brothers of Holy Cross have developed in the countries of Ghana, Peru, Brazil, and India. Dr. Dianne Barlas, Director of the Center for Global Perspectives and faculty advisor for Social Concerns Committee states, "For Ghana, we hope to help pay the tuition for students to attend the Brothers' Skill Center. Here the boys continue their studies while learning skills to prepare them for local jobs in electronics, carpentry, automobile repair, and construction."
Professor Barlas goes on to explain, "In Peru, the funds raised will support the Holy Cross-run health clinics and schools. In Brazil, Holy Cross has after-school programs and centers for children who live in the urban slums of Sao Paulo. School supplies and books are needed for the Brothers' schools in India. These are all places Holy Cross College students visit each year. They meet the children, come to know their stories, and take their faces home, imprinted on their hearts. It has always been our hope to continue to send our love and concern in some way back to the children we meet. Hoops for Hope is our way to return the message of hope that the children have given us."
Holy Cross College senior, and event organizer, Ethan Tanis states, "The Brothers of Holy Cross have done so much for our college community, so we made a choice to help them help others. An added bonus for this event is that we also have the opportunity to get youth involved in healthy competition to raise money for this worthy cause!"
The cost to play in the Hoops for Hope is $100 per team, $25 per player. Applications to participate are due April 2. Those interested in additional information or a team application may visit the Hoops for Hope website at www.hcc-nd.edu/hoops4hope.
Molly White, a Holy Cross junior and co-organizer of the event, says, "As a college we make it our mission to reach out and be brothers to others. We're hoping that through this event we can extend our support to the worldwide missions of the Holy Cross Brothers."
It is time for us to tip-off! Come join us as we bring hope to others.
For more information on Holy Cross College, visit: www.hcc-nd.edu.
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Holy Cross College is a Catholic, four-year, co-educational, liberal arts institution founded in 1966 by the Brothers of Holy Cross. With a 13:1 faculty/student ratio, students find personal attention from professors who care about their success and development in mind, body, and spirit. The Four Pillars of the core curriculum include a professional internship, service to others, a global perspective experience, and a senior Capstone presentation which summarizes and synthesizes each student's learning. Located in Notre Dame, Indiana, Holy Cross College provides the best of both worlds: a close-knit, small college atmosphere with the resources and social opportunities of a large university.