Hoops for Hope Tourney to Benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Greater Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, Central Ohio Region

Columbus, OH, July 09, 2009 --(PR.com)-- Planning is well underway for the 7th Annual Hoops for Hope 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, H4H Street Vault - Pole Vault Competition and H4H Corn Hole Tournament on July 18 to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation®. All Shepherds Lutheran Church located at 6580 Columbus Pike (Rte 23) in Lewis Center will host the tourney. Pre-Registration is available through the event website at www.hoops4hope.org.

The tournament is open to people of all ages and skill levels for basketball, corn hole, 3-point and free throw skills competitions and the “closest to the pin” competition. Funds will be raised through the $20 entry fee per player, silent auction and sponsorships.

The tournament is organized by Brad Halley in memory of his son Zack. At 16, Zack had to put his dream to restore a 1976 Corvette on hold when he was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer. In 1998, The Make-A-Wish Foundation® restored his Corvette and arranged for Zack to attend an OSU football practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex. Once Zack’s family was on the field, Coach Cooper drove the Corvette to him and motioned him to get in the car and drive a lap around the field as his family, the players and coaches cheered him on.

Although Zack passed away in 1999, his legacy lives on through this spirited tournament. The funds raised enable the Make-A-Wish Foundation® to grant the wishes of local children who are battling life-threatening medical conditions.

“I had the privilege of knowing Zack and making the arrangements for his wish,” remarked President & CEO Susan McConnell. “I will never forget the look on his face that day. “His strength, perseverance and spirit continue to inspire me.”

The Halley family, with the help of the community and local sponsors, has raised more than $44,000 for local children waiting for their wish to come true. “We are thankful that Zack’s family honors his memory in such a profound and meaningful way,” commented McConnell.

Last year the Hoops for Hope proceeds sponsored Robert’s shopping spree wish and Hallie’s room re-do.

This year, the Halley’s hope to raise more than $18,000 so that they can sponsor three wishes of children served by the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Central Ohio Region. “This event is made possible with the strength and support of the community. Hoops for Hope gives local children who suffer from life-threatening illnesses the opportunity to forget about their struggle and focus on an inspiring wish which will leave an everlasting memory,” said Brad.

For more information, contact Brad Halley at (614) 402-2070 or visit www.hoops4hope.org.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Greater Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana is celebrating 25 years of inspiring lives, one wish at a time. Since the first wish was granted in 1984, this chapter has granted more than 7,500 magical wishes. This milestone year, the chapter will work to fulfill the wishes of a record-breaking 800 local children. There are so many ways that you can help create joyful moments for local wish children. Find out how at www.makeawishohio.org

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana
Nancy Whetstone
(614) 923-0555