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          Students turn out for Hoop-A-Paluza

          Amruth Jonnalagadda

          Issue date: 3/5/10 Section: Sports
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          Since the time James Naismith invented basketball using just a soccer ball and peach baskets, the sport has steadily increased its popularity internationally. It's no wonder why this diverse campus loves the game so much.

          Last Saturday at Veale, the sisters of Phi Mu held their fourth annual Hoop-A-Paluza, and a good portion of the campus showed up to compete in the 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

          Hoop-A-Paluza is a philanthropy event that raises money for the Children's Miracle Network, an alliance of non-profit hospitals that is dedicated to helping kids. In Cleveland, the Children's Miracle Network is associated with the UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital.

          Logan, a 2-year-old who has cerebral palsy and has benefited from the Children's Miracle Network, came to the event with his family. Also in attendance were some of the Cavalier Girls, who performed during halftime.

          Hoop-A-Paluza raised over $2500 last year. Event planner Kim Hunt said, "We're shooting for $2700 this year."

          Reaching that sum is a likely possibility, with the 44 teams that came out to compete for the glory of winning the whole tournament. Every team played three games and then was seeded according to how well they played. After the preliminary games, the teams were placed into a single-elimination bracket. There was also a non-competitive bracket.

          The winner of the competitive bracket was "Hasbeenz" (David Klink, Jason Ronyak, Jon Radke, and Anthony Durr). Those players received a VIP night at a local restaurant and entertainment chain and also a free meal at another local restaurant.

          "Mon Stars" (Max Bohon, Cary Dieter, and Dan Calabreese) won the non-competitive bracket. Each team member received three free meals at an area restaurant. Raffle prizes included gift cards to local restaurants.

          Co-event planner Meghan Snook said she believed that the event has the potential to be more successful if the community is informed more about Hoop-A-Paluza.
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