by Sara Schmidt Photos by Stefan Baumann
C.J. Hooker Middle School hosted the Hoops for Heart Basketball Tournament in December to raise money for the American Heart Association. Students raised $1,230 for the American Heart Association with honorable mention to Patricia Copocciamo’s sixth grade class who raised the most in donations, earning them a well-deserved pizza party.
The Hoops for Hearts Basketball Tournament was the conclusion to the middle school’s basketball unit. Physical Education teachers ran the event during regularly scheduled physical education classes. The students were responsible for raising donations and participated in 3-on-3 basketball tournaments. PE teachers agree that the students’ involvement is beneficial to the education of good nutrition and exercise as well as raising the awareness of heart disease.
Hoops for Hearts is sponsored by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) and AHA. Students from across the nation participate in the event in contribution to the fight against heart disease and stroke by raising money for research and education. The educational component of the event focuses on the importance of heart disease awareness and physical activity among young students. According to the AAHPERD website, Hoops for Hearts is a valuable program that stimulates students’ interest in physical activity, healthy living and community service. This program leaves a mark not only on funding of research and education through the American Heart Association, but students and the community as well.