By Carina Sorrentino
On Saturday, April 20, Union students and faculty teamed up at the Hoops for Help event. Held twice before at Union, Hoops for Help is a friendly basketball game where profits from ticket sales go to charity. This year’s organization of choice was the Thomas Sports Foundation of Schenectady, a group with a mission of “developing, mentoring and training tomorrow’s youth.”
On the day of the event, students and faculty members wore their respective jerseys and faced off for a large turnout of the Union community. At halftime, The Eliphalets and Union College Dance Team performed for the crowd.
The game was full of surprising moves, but the students won a close game with a score of 57-54. “I always think it’s a fun way to get involved with the faculty and students from other organizations,” stated Maddy Levine ‘13, a student player, “And of course it’s a bonus that it is for a good cause.”
Organizer of the event Isaiah Buchanan ‘11 took an interest in the Thomas Sports Foundation after developing the UCARE pamphlet and receiving enthusiasm to foster a supportive relationship with Union.
“They help at risk youths by putting on sporting events from football to volleyball and they even provide job training and academic help,” Buchanan explained, “They do a lot in terms of helping make the community a better place.” All of the proceeds from Hoops for Help will go toward further providing these beneficial services to Schenectady’s young residents.
Student player Kelsey Carroll ‘15 said her reason for participating was that “basketball is one of my passions and I want to be a part of something that helps to provide kids with the means to access the sports they are passionate about as well.”
The event, largely considered a success, has raised over a thousand dollars in the past—again the target this year.