Prep Baseball

Hoops for Hunger tips off Sunday

Former hoop stars play Crossfire to play in charity event to raise money for Community Kitchen and Open Door
By Rhonda Byrd | Apr 23, 2013

CANTON — The world is facing a food crisis that has pushed the number of hungry people in the world to over one billion.
Each day, 25,000 people die because of lack of food and every 3.6 seconds someone dies of hunger.
Well, on Sunday, April 28, in the Pisgah gym, a bunch of basketball players are getting together to raise funds for the Community Kitchen and the Open Door, which helps feed the hungry in Haywood County.
The charity event is called, “Hoops for Hunger,” and it opens its doors to the Pisgah gym at 3 p.m., with the first charity basketball game tipping off at 4 p.m. with the Tuscola players and coaches playing against the Pisgah players and coaches (coed). After the opener, the marquee basketball game will tip off with the Haywood County All-Stars playing the Crossfire team.
“It is fantastic that our two high schools are coming together to help the county in this way.  As the economy is slow to recover any organization that is dependent on donations is suffering.  We are seeing an increase in need but a drop in resources,” said Rev. Beverly Brock, Executive Director of The Community Kitchen of Canton. “It’s a win-win-win situation.  The basketball will be great; Crossfire has a strong testimony in their faith, and two worthy non-profits will receive assistance.”
Members of the Haywood County All-Stars are Jake Robinson, Jonathan Whitson, Brandon Luther, Jarod Conard, Zach Hollifield, Madison Davis, Frank Hopper, Logan Hardin, Aaron Westhusing and Thomas Hay.  Pisgah Head Coach Casey Kruk and Tuscola Head Coach Nathan Messer will team up to coach the team.
Tickets at the door are $5 for students, $7 for adults and children five-and-under will be admitted free of charge.
There’s also a youth Group special for every five youth, the chaperone gets in free.