Inaugural Hoops for Hunger: a slam-dunk time blocking out hunger
On Saturday, April 7, the MCW community exchanged their stethoscopes and pipettes for basketball shoes and water bottles at the inaugural Hoops for Hunger event.
Held in collaboration with the Milwaukee Bucks at the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Science Center, the day featured an eight team, single-elimination basketball tournament comprised of MCW students, residents, fellows, and faculty. The teams featured medical students from all four MCW-Milwaukee medical school classes, a regional campus team comprised primarily of MCW-Green Bay medical students, a combined pharmacy/graduate student team, a combined resident/fellow team and a faculty team. The MCW-Milwaukee third- and fourth-year medical student teams advanced to the championship game, with the fourth-year medical student team clinching the championship title.
The event was spearheaded by the Hoops for Hunger Committee, made up of medical students Emily Navarette, Michael Gehring, Bryce Toburen and Devashish Joshi. The event is not just about basketball, but a great way to bring together so many members of the MCW community to have a blast while supporting a great cause.
“It was great having an event where we could get everyone together for a good cause. We were all so impressed with the Sports Science Center – it was an honor playing there and it was great seeing everyone outside of school and work for some friendly competitions!” shared Emily Navarette.
The event raised more than 500 pounds of non-perishable food items and monetary donations donated by spectators and players. All food and money was donated to this year’s selected food pantry, Feeding America of Eastern Wisconsin. The committee was thrilled at the generosity of the MCW community.
Next year, the committee hopes to expand the event. Start stocking up your cabinets and practicing your pick and rolls as it sounds like Hoops for Hunger 2019 will turn out to be another spectacular event to support our local community.
Scenes from the event: