Hoops For Haiti
by Sean Chanicka on Friday, March 7th, 2014
Students wearing basketball jerseys of every color sprinted around the ACC as players of all different sizes, skill levels, and ages filled the courts. Loud music, accompanied by the spirited voice of Louis “Big Lou” Demetroulakos (II), echoed throughout the gymnasium. These elements set the scene as the fifth annual Hoops for Haiti took place last Wednesday.
Following the January 12, 2010 earthquake that shook the nation of Haiti, members of the Milton community initiated this charitable event. “[Hoops for Haiti] uses basketball to energize the school community in the spirit of awareness and giving,” explained Mr. Kahn, the Milton faculty leader who began this fundraiser. “Though four years have passed, many Haitians are still suffering from displacement and disease and can use our support.” As individuals entered the ACC, eager to either participate in the events or watch and cheer on their classmates and teachers, they had the opportunity to give donations to Ms. Geyling. “All proceeds go toward Haitian support efforts,” said Mr. Kahn.
Sixteen teams, made up of faculty and students alike, took part in the tournament. In addition, the standard format for the event was changed this year. In past tournaments, teams were simply paired up against each other, while this year, a bracket was set up among the various teams.
Alex MacDonagh (II), captain of the “B-Squad” team, led the reunion tour of his freshman basketball team. “We all came together after not playing organized basketball for two years just to compete in this tournament,” he said. “We even got a coach, the legendary Tom Gagnon. Now how many teams in this tournament are good enough to have a coach on the sidelines?” Even though Alex’s team didn’t make it as far in the tournament as he thought they would have, he still had a smile on his face at the end of the day. “It was so much fun being out there, playing basketball with my good friends,” he said. “The score of the game didn’t really matter. At the end of the day, we were playing for a good cause.”
Dorms and after-school clubs also created their own teams to participate in the tournament. Two dorms, Robbins and Goodwin, suited up to participate in the tournament this year. In addition, the Milton Measure board competed in their annual battle against the Milton Paper. There was a sense of friendly competition between the two publications. Nate Bresnick (I), a member of the Milton Paper who did not play in the basketball game, took a slight jab at the competitors, stating, “I like the event because it’s a chance to prove The Milton Paper’s superiority once and for all, while doing a good thing.” Neil Chandra (I), a member of The Milton Measure, simply stated, “The Measure Board: number two on the courts, number one in your hearts.”
Even those who weren’t playing enjoyed the event. Throughout the tournament, the bleachers remained full with students cheering on their friends. Although she didn’t participate this year, Erika Lamere (II) expressed her support for the tournament, saying, “I think it’s a great event because it gives the community a chance to get together, have fun and support each other, while raising money for a great cause: Haiti.”
The Hoops for Haiti tournament has become a great tradition for student and faculty alike. Although this year’s games ended last week, many are already looking forward to next year. “Watch out for B-Squad next year,” MacDonagh said. “We’re going to be a force to be reckoned with. Hoops for Haiti 2015 is all ours.”
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