Hoops For Troops

When is it ok to steal from a policeman? On the basketball court of course. It was a slam-dunk fundraiser at the Hoops For Troops tournament hosted by the Fox Valley Marines. Naperville Police and seven other teams including the Aurora Fire Dept., Kane County Sheriff’s Office, and the National Guard hit the hardwood in this two day tournament.

“Something like this is great,” says Brian Cunnigham, Supervisor of Investigations for Naperville Police. “It helps our department, gets us moving a little bit more, and builds camaraderie with other departments and ourselves.”

Proceeds from the event are being used to renovate a veteran homeless shelter in Aurora, send packages to active troops overseas, and assist families of deployed service members.

“They are making the sacrifices for us,” says Cunningham. “We appreciate that so anything we can do to help them out is why we are here.”

The Naperville Police had a tough first game against the Kane County Sheriff’s Office. The two teams swapped leads the whole game until a late surge by the Kane County Sheriff’s Office knocked out the police squad on day one of the tournament, but the real winners never stepped on the court.

“To see the support from the different communities just makes us very happy,” says Richard Marrello of the Fox Valley Marines. “We want to try to get everyone back involved as far as being patriotic and supporting the troops for what they do for this country.”

All the 3-pointers and slam dunks added up to more than $5,000 dollars that will be donated to support our troops.

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