The annual Wyndham Garden Terry Polston Hoops for Hope Tournament will be played this weekend at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center on the campus of Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind.
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. The tournament is also in remembrance of D.A.R.E. Officer Terry Polston, who succumbed to lung cancer after a nine-year battle.
“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 a classic format. Grace’s women’s basketball team will host Silver Lake on Friday 6 p.m. in the nightcap. The Lady Lancers will then host NAIA Div. I No. 17 Pikeville on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The men’s tournament includes Grace Bible, Lincoln Christian, and Rochester. Grace will play Grace Bible on Friday at 8 p.m. The winner will advance to the men’s championship game against the winner of Rochester/Lincoln Christian at 4 p.m. Saturday.
To find out more information, including game times and live coverage, go to gclancers.com/hoopsforhope.