Hoops for Hopes raises money for 12 Oaks

The annual Hoops for Hope Basketball Tournament was underway, as players from all ages and areas came to play and fundraise for the 12 Oaks Foundation and the families they support.
The Hoops for Hope Tournament was held at Grayslake North on the weekend of March 14, where ages 9 to 60 can not only compete, but also help to raise money toward the foundation’s families as well.
“12 Oaks Foundation provides grants to help defray the cost of sports and extracurricular activities for children ages 8-18 in families where temporary financial hardship exists because a family member is undergoing cancer treatment,” said founder of 12 Oaks Steve Hupp.
The tournament has raised large sums of money in the past, and the amount is estimated to be even higher this time around.
“Thanks to our participants, many generous donors and sponsors, we [generally] raise more than $15,000 each year. We expect even bigger numbers this year as we are well ahead of last year’s pace in team registrations. The proceeds go to help families fighting cancer,” Hupp said.
The tournament brings the community together for an enjoyable and beneficial experience for the players, friends, and families connected to the foundation.
“It is a great fundraiser that brings all of Grayslake, North and Central, together. I participate because I always have a good time. I get to the play the sport I love, and I know it’s for a great cause,” said three time Hoops for Hope participant Aidan Einloth.
The tournament is held in honor of Matt Hupp’s love for sports, who passed away from cancer as a child.
“Our son Matt loved sports, basketball and running in particular. A basketball tourney where kids could organize pick up games with their friends seem like a great fit,” Hupp said.
While Hoops for Hope may primarily focus on basketball, there’s a much bigger picture and deeper foundation within the tournament.
“My favorite memory is that in [last year’s] championship, the two teams decided to be co-champions because it wasn’t all about winning,” Einloth said.