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CA ‘Hoops to Help’ event to benefit Special Olympics

Chesapeake Academy students from Northumberland, Lancaster, and Middlesex counties practice shooting hoops in preparation for the student-led “Hoops to Help” fundraiser for Special Olympics on Saturday, March 23. 

Chesapeake Academy will host a “Hoops to Help” on Saturday, March 23, a local kid-driven fundraiser to help raise funds for the community Special Olympics. Anyone ages 3 to 99 in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula is encouraged to participate, especially those with a love for the sport of basketball.

Chesapeake initiated the “Hoops to Help” fundraiser when it came to the school’s attention that programs for local Special Olympics athletes were underfunded. “This is kids helping kids,” summarizes event organizer Cynthia Walker, CA athletic director.

The Special Olympics of Virginia’s mission is to provide year-around athletic competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Registration and sponsorship forms can be accessed from the school’s website at 

One key exciting aspect of the event is the $1,000 point challenge sponsored by Chesapeake Bank. Here’s how it works: registered players get friends, family and/or co-workers to sponsor them for a set amount of money, such as $5, $10, or $20. They arrive at the school’s gymnasium on Saturday, March 23, and shoot hoops for five minutes in a designated time slot. Participants tally the number of baskets made and points earned, and then add their point scores to an overall group count. If (and when) the group point count reaches 1,000, Chesapeake Bank will contribute an additional $1,000 in support of the fundraiser. Cash and check donations will be accepted at anytime during the event, concessions will be available with proceeds to support local Special Olympic athletes, and scheduled March Madness NCAA basketball games will be streamed live throughout the event. 

For additional information or specific details about participant time-slots, please call the school at 438-5575 or access the registration and sponsorship forms at All sponsorship checks should be made out to SOVA Area 28.

posted 03.13.2013

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