The energy was through the roof of the Garden City High School gymnasium on March 9 as the community came together for the annual Hoops for Hope event. Hoops for Hope raises money for the I’m Not Done Yet Foundation, which exists in memory of Garden City High School graduate Bobby Menges, who lost his battle to cancer.
The original event was organized by former GCHS student Tim O’Hanlon, who wanted to draw a bigger crowd to the school’s Challenger Team basketball games. He thought pairing one Challenger Team game with a fundraiser would bring in more fans for the Challenger student-athletes, while benefitting a good cause. This year’s event was organized by his brother, Michael O’Hanlon who is a current student.
The Challenger Team faced Lynbrook for this year’s event. Hundreds were in attendance as they watched the team take the court and raised money for the I’m Not Done Yet Foundation and the NYU Langone Cancer Center for Kids in Mineola. Attendees participated in raffles and bought baked goods through a sale organized by the school’s Miracle Club. In addition, Garden City’s cheerleading and kickline teams took half court for performances.
Hoops for Hope brought together the entire school community. It was a successful event that celebrated the Challenger Team and the spirit that exists within Garden City.
1-3 – The Challenger Team faced off against Lynbrook for the annual Hoops for Hope basketball game.
4 – Students from around the District decorated Hoops for Hope signs to be hung in the gymnasium.
5 – The Miracle Club held a bake sale to benefit the I’m Not Done Yet Foundation.
6 – Garden City’s kickline and cheerleading teams put on wonderful performances ahead of the game.
Photos courtesy Garden City Public Schools