Grace Basketball to Host Cancer Care Benefit Tourney

The annual Hoops for Hope Tournament will be played this weekend at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.

This year’s tournament, hosted by Grace’s men’s and women’s basketball teams, features eight games over the weekend. Games will run from 2-10 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Admission to watch the games is $7 per day, and all proceeds will go to Kosciusko County Cancer Care Fund (KCCCF). The tournament is sponsored by Wyndham Garden of Warsaw and the Warsaw Morning Optimist Club. All cancer survivors are welcome to attend the tournament free of charge.

“Our goal each year is to raise around $2,000. We want to raise money but also to raise awareness in the community,” said Grace’s men’s coach Jim Kessler. “We chose to channel our money to KCCCF rather than the Jimmy V Foundation like most other schools do because all of the money stays local to benefit the area. It’s been a neat thing for us to be involved with as a team.”

The women’s tournament is named the Carol Forbes Classic after the late wife of longtime assistant coach Skip Forbes. The four-game setup is a classic format. Grace’s women’s basketball team will host Cincinnati Christian on Friday at 6 p.m. in the nightcap. The Lady Lancers will then host No. 18 IU Northwest on Saturday at 2 p.m.

The men’s tournament, named after D.A.R.E. Officer Terry Polston, is also a classic format and includes Huntington, Clarke and Grace Bible. Grace will play Grace Bible on Friday at 8 p.m. The Lancers will then play Clarke on Saturday at 4 p.m.

To find out more information, including game times and live coverage, go to www.gclancers.com/hoopsforhope. 

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