The Hoops for Hope Women’s Basketball Tournament at Marist College raised over $40,000 for the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. With 48 teams and 500 players it was the biggest tournament of its kind in the area. 500 spectators came to watch their moms, sisters, daughters and friends as the competition was fierce and friendly all at the same time. Live Action was covered on channel 18 local cable news.
The annual tournament allows women of all ages and abilities the opportunity to play basketball in a competitive or less challenging arena depending on their choice of division.
“We had former high school and college players as well as women who haven’t played in years competing this year,” explained Maureen Seipp, Chairman of the event. “We accommodate all levels and abilities — everyone can play and have a good time,” she added
“Hoops helps us highlight the importance of exercise and staying in shape as good for the body and the mind. Friendly competition of this type is a natural stress reliever. Everyone smiles on the court no matter how spirited and that makes the whole day fun and rewarding,” said Cathy Varunok, Foundation Co-Founder.
This year’s tournament was dedicated to sisters Lisa DeCicco and Gina DeCicco Salituro. “We honored Lisa in her triumph as we remember a source of her strength and inspiration, her sister Gina. We are recognizing two wives, mothers, daughters, friends, sisters,” explained Maureen Seipp, Tournament Chairman.
The Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation is a 501-c-3 non-profit public charity with a mission to fund support services for people affected by breast cancer in the Hudson Valley, NY.