Hoops for the Troops

The Naperville Police Department traded in their blues for basketball shoes this weekend all in support of the troops.

The 4th Annual Hoops for the Troops Basketball Tournament put on by the Fox Valley Marine attachment was held at the Vaughan Athletic Center in Aurora.

The tournament featured twelve teams comprised of policemen, firefighters, and army reserves from the area, including The Naperville Police Department.

“The teams really like it. They come back every year, some of them never win, but they keep coming back because it’s for a good cause,” said Sara Rashkow, Co-Chair for Hoops for Troops.

The Naperville Police won their first game against the Home Depot Geneva team by 20 points.

Each team fundraises before hitting the hardwood and that money supports various veteran-related charities chosen by the Fox Valley Marines, including the Friends of Fisher House on the Campus of the Hines VA Hospital.

“Patients of Hines VA have been known to come and sleep in their cars to be close to their loved ones and see them through their ordeals,” said Betty Stamatis, President of Friends of Fisher House. “Fisher house provides accommodations, all meals and beverages and we even provide outings for the families when they can leave their bedside vigils.”

Even though the games are competitive, at the end of the day everyone is teaming up to raise more than $15,000 to help the troops and veterans get the support and care they deserve.


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