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Basketball tournament promotes health

Omar Ababneh, Staff Writer

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Within the last three weeks, Branham held its 18th annual Hoops for Health, a fun basketball competition at lunch. Hoops for Health was founded to teach students sportsmanship and to stay healthy. In the beginning, the event was focused on promoting anti-smoking. The event was connected to the health class Branham once had as part of its curriculum. It got passed on through many classes, clubs, and drug awareness classes.

“We want to promote sportsmanship and staying healthy, so this event was created,” said Mr. Smare. “The event is all about honesty, playing fair, and most importantly, having fun.” Hoops for Health was inspired by Hoop It Up, a very famous countrywide event, that corresponds with the NBA. Hoop It Up is the biggest 3v3 basketball tournament in the world, and has been around for 25 years. The event got a lot of coverage, and inspired many schools to do what Branham has done.

The rules of the competition were very simple. Teams of 3v3 play each other in a half court match. Every team is guaranteed three games. The first team to score twenty points wins. The winner of each bracket goes off to the playoffs. This year Branham has had 22 teams signed up, the most ever, one of the teams being a staff team. The event started on May 15.

The games were intense at times and very fun to watch. Every lunch, the gym was completely packed with students watching and cheering. In the end, Team Raw won, staying undefeated throughout the whole competition. Team Raw consisted of Jarrett Powers, Matt Sakamoto, Matt Fernandez, Keith Hackleman, and Gavin Rodinsky. “Hoops for Health is always a lot of fun and it’s nice to be able to play against a wide variety of teams,” said Jarrett. “The competition was great this year and it’s cool to see the program’s expansion over the past few years.” With the amount of success from this years Hoops for Health, Mr. Smare is optimistic about next year’s event, believing it will be even bigger than it is now.

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