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Hoops for Healing Benefit Begins Monday Night

All funds go to Camp Hope and the Edward Foundation.

Hoops for Healing, the annual Boys Basketball Tournament and Fundraiser, is starting up once again.

Started in Oswego in 2005, Oswego High School teamed up with Naperville North to raise money through a basketball tournament to benefit Edwards Hospital cancer research.

To date, the tournament has raised $125,000 towards cancer research.

This year, the funds raised from the Hoops for Healing tournament hosted by Naperville-North and Oswego will go to support Camp Hope and the Edward Foundation. Camp Hope is a summer camp provided to children ages 5-12 whose parents or grandparents are going through cancer treatment and is funded soley through Hoops For Healing. 

The teams involved in the Oswego-Naperville North Hoops for Healing Tournament have included: Aurora Christian, Aurora Marmion, Benet, DeKalb, Geneva, Oswego, Oswego East, Naperville Central, Naperville North, Illinois Math and Science, Chicago DeLasalle, Chicago Prosser, Metea Valley, Minooka, Proviso East, Waubonsie Valley, Walter Payton College Prep, Yorkville, Huntley and West Chicago. 

This year there will be 16 different communities and 24 different teams participating during Thanksgiving in a Hoops for Healing Basketball Tournament.  While they will all play to win, their main goal is to raise money for Camp Hope, said athletic directors Darren Howard and Jim Konrad.

There are four tournaments, with the dates of Monday, November 19; Tuesday, November 20; Wednesday, November 21 and Friday, November 23. For a location of games and times, please visit the official schedule.  

The price is $4 for adults, $2 for students and $1 for seniors. Wristbands will be available for $2 and t-shirts for $10 to support Hoops for Healing. 

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