2018 Hoops for the House scheduled to return later this month

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MIO — The seventh annual Hoops for the House event will take place Jan. 27, and four teams will compete for the annual traveling trophy to raise funds and awareness for River House through a fun day of basketball.

The event is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mio AuSable High School and will include a silent auction, 50-50 drawing, halftime shootout and concessions.

Event organizer and River House Development Director Carla Ott said the tournament will feature four teams this year.

“I'm actually pretty excited about them,” she said. “I just got official confirmation yesterday about one of them. I wanted to up the spectators this year and I'm hoping with our teams, I'm able to accomplish that and draw more people to the event. This year we have the Oscoda County Sheriff's Department versus the Ogemaw County Sheriff's Department and the Mio teachers versus the Fairview teachers. Then the winner of each will play a final game and take home the trophy.”

Admission will be $3 per person or $10 per family. Hoops for the House donations benefit the River House, a nonprofit shelter based in Grayling that assists victims and survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. Its website states that these services are free of charge through a number of programs and collaborations with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Salvation Army. The organization started in 1986 with grant money from the Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, obtaining independent nonprofit status in 2006.

Ott said she believes this event is going to be really exciting and will help to further the nonprofit’s outreach abilities.

According to Ott, during the winter months, reports to hotlines can be as much as 20 percent higher than during the warmer months in the year.

“Essentially, donations go to general operating for the shelter,” she said. “Our mission statement is to provide safety and services to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse while promoting empowerment through education and advocacy. We do this by offering free emergency shelter, clothing, food, residential and non-residential advocacy services, groups, etc. In order to offer these free, we turn to generous donations, monetary and non-monetary, from the community and grants.”

Ott said the event is always so much fun and her favorite part of organizing it is seeing how the community gets to touch base with River House.

“Not just the planning, but this event in general is one of my favorites,” she said. “I don't know if you've ever been, but there is a lot that happens to thoroughly entertain the crowd. For example, last year Sheriff Grace put ankle cuffs on Cindy Thomey, a Mio teacher, for playing too well. One of the teachers had a River House player put her nose on the wall for a time out because she made a basket. My son paid $5 to the scorekeepers for the teachers team to bribe one of his teachers for a good grade in the class, all in fun, of course. The sheriff will often hand out doughnuts at halftime to players and scorekeepers. It's like that show ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ The game ‘where everything is made up and the points don't matter.’”

Ott said Mio Superintendent Jim Gendernalik set up for the booster club to provide snacks for the event as well and several boys on the varsity basketball team will referee the games.

For more information, contact Ott at 989-348-3169 or at development@riverhouseinc.org.

“Thank you in advance for your support,” Ott said. “If we all work together, we can reach our goal.”

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