Students hoop it up to raise money for American Heart Association

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Glenwood Junior High School competed in a week-long basketball tournament to raise money for the American Heart Association through their Hoops for Heart program. Pictured are the teams that won the tournament, with the seventh-grade team in black and eighth-grade team in maroon.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Schools and organizations around the nation have their own Hoops for Heart programs. Physical education teachers Danielle Siembida and Nick Liste organized Glenwood Junior High School's Hoops for Heart week.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The seventh and eighth grade teams that won Glenwood Junior High's basketball tournament got to face off against the teachers at the end of the school day on Feb. 23.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Glenwood Junior High School's basketball tournament netted eleven teams, each with three boys and two girls and a maximum of three basketball players per team. The teams competed during their study hall periods.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The students on each of the teams in Glenwood Junior High School's basketball tournament paid to compete in the tournament. In addition to those funds, the school had a three point tournament, sold shirts and gave the students a dress down day to raise money for the American Heart Association.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Glenwood Junior High School had their second annual week-long Hoops for Heart fundraiser, which culminated in a basketball game between the students and teachers on Feb. 23.

The proceeds of the event all went toward the American Heart Association. The organization offers information on Hoops for Heart and Jump Rope for Heart events nationally. Physical education teachers Danielle Siembida and Nick Liste organized the event for the school.

Principal Bart Smith said the event gave the students the chance to give back to a national organization while having fun for a good cause. Smith played against the students with the team of teachers for the event.

The students created a five person team consisting of members from their grade level. The school had eleven teams overall, with each team having three boys and two girls and a maximum of three basketball players per team.

The teams competed in a tournament throughout the week during the school’s “Spartan Success“ period, which is similar to a study hall period. The best team in seventh- and eighth-grade combined to compete against the teachers at the end of the school day at the end of the week.

All students reported to the gymnasium to watch the teachers and students compete. The teams played four quarters, with the seventh grade playing the first and third quarters and the eighth playing the second and fourth. The teachers substituted throughout the game. Neither team took the game too seriously, and the teachers’ team won.

The students paid for their teams. Individual students paid to compete in a three point tournament where they shot ten basketballs from behind the three point line. They also sold shirts for the event. Others donated for a dress down day where they could dress in sweatpants or pajamas.

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