Edward Cancer Center recently invited coaches from all of the participating schools to kick off the competition season, and hear about the mission behind the games; Camp Hope, providing kids who have a cancer diagnosis in their family a place to cope.
“The children all get to know each other, feel very comfortable around each other, so the children don’t feel alone, they learn really positive ways of how to cope, they tend to be able to understand it better,” said Edward Cancer Center Social Worker, Linda Conlin.
The two-day Camp Hope is free for all attendees, thanks to the funds raised by the Hoops for Healing tournament.
“The guys that are playing basketball during this time they realize that all the money that we’re raising during play goes to Camp Hope. And even if we win or lose, we’ve done something good,” said Head Basketball Coach for Naperville North, Jeff Powers.
Since 2005, Hoops for Healing has raised over $200,000 and given over 450 kids the chance to attend Camp Hope.
The Hoops for Healing tournament takes place during Thanksgiving week.
Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.