Hoops for Kids’ Sake bounces back for second year

MUSCATINE, Iowa–In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muscatine County got creative, introducing Hoops for Kids’ Sake as a socially distanced alternative to their typical larger fundraisers. The event proved popular, so Big Brothers Big Sisters decided to bring it back in an expanded format.

Just like at the original Hoops for Kids’ Sake, participants can compete in a free throw contest. Everyone who enters will have 25 shots at making a free throw, with the goal of making the most free throws for their age group. The top three shooters in each age bracket will get the opportunity to face off against each other, determining champions for each group.

To add onto the fun, Hoops for Kids’ Sake will include two new competitions this year for basketball players of all ages to test their skills. For those with fast hands, the three point competition will prove popular. Contestants try to make as many three point shots as possible before the timer runs out.

Families and groups of friends can also get in on the fun by playing HORSE against each other. Featuring the same rules as the classic elementary school gym activity, HORSE offers a fun way for the youngest basketball players to get their game on. For those who have not played HORSE before, Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteers will happily help teach them the rules.

Big Brothers Big Sisters will hold Hoops for Kids’ Sake Saturday, July 31 at the Muscatine Community Y, with time slots for each age group and competition type scheduled between 10 a. m. and 1 p. m. To participate, each player must raise at least $20 for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Doing so will not only earn them the chance to compete, but will also get them a cool T-shirt. Anyone wanting to get in on the action can register online via the Y’s website or by calling (563)-263-9996 on or before July 30.

If shooting some hoops sounds like a fun way to spend a Saturday to you, Big Brothers Big Sisters Muscatine Director Lindsey Phillips hopes to see you at Hoops for Kids’ Sake. Along with providing some summer amusement, she looks forward to it raising the funds needed to keep the organization going strong and matching kids throughout the community with great Bigs who will serve as positive, personal mentors. “It’s fun, affordable, and helps our community!” Phillips highlighted. “Money raised supports Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring matches–we have about 30 youth on a waiting list and we hope to match many of them with an adult in the community this year.”