GORHAM, Maine (2/17/15)--The Maine Credit Union League (MCUL) hit the hardwood again this year, raising money for the Maine Children's Cancer Program with the 21st annual Swish-Out Childhood Cancer Challenge, a 3-on-3, co-ed basketball tournament.
|A team from University CU, Orono, Maine, battles it out on the court during the 21st annual Swish-Out Childhood Cancer Challenge 3-on-3 basketball tournament. (Maine Credit Union League Photo)|
This year, Maine's longest-running charity-basketball tournament, held at the University of Southern Maine's Gorham campus, raised a record-breaking $32,200.
"Maine's credit unions are about supporting the community in a variety of ways from ending hunger to fighting childhood cancer," said Jon Paradise, MCUL vice president of governmental and public affairs and founder of the tournament. "The involvement of the community in this event aligns perfectly with the cooperative spirit of credit unions."
Paradise added that 100% of all money raised goes to the Maine Children's Cancer Program.
In addition to the double-elimination basketball tournament, the event also featured a silent auction where attendees could bid on items such as Red Sox tickets, Celtics tickets and gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses.
Since 1994--the inaugural year when the tournament consisted of only seven teams--the Swish-Out Childhood Cancer Challenge has raised more than $320,000 to help children with cancer and their families.
"(This tournament) is a community effort and not only has grown to raise significant funds for children with cancer and their families, but also raise awareness," Paradise said.