The Floyd County Elementary Basketball League Championship Tournament held on February 6-7, 2016 was the site of the first annual “Hoops for Hunger” Raffle benefitting Blessings in a Backpack. League Director, Matt Denison, was extremely supportive and gave us a prime location for our raffle table right next to all the action of the games. All 18 elementary school teams – 9 boys’ and 9 girls’ teams – participated in the tournament. With lots of basketball-loving families in attendance, it was a perfect opportunity to support Blessings with a basketball-themed raffle.
Tickets were $5 each ($20 for 5 tickets) and the 3 possible prizes included:
- 2 tickets to 5th row seats in Assembly Hall to the IU Hoosiers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes basketball game
- Package of 3 hours of private basketball coaching instruction by U of L Legend, Nate Johnson
- $50 gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods
All of our prizes had been donated by some very generous community members.
The fans at the tournament were so supportive of Blessings! Some already knew a lot about the mission of Blessings, while others were eager to know more. We were able to spread the word about how Blessings provides weekend food to kids who participate in the Free and Reduced Lunch and Breakfast program and who might not have enough food to eat on the weekends.
All in all, we were able to raise $890 = 421 bags of food for the Floyd County Blessings program! If you missed us this year, check back at the same time next year!