The Crestwood School District and Mountain Top Relay for Life are proud to the present the 8th Annual Hoops for Hope at Crestwood High School on Tuesday, March 15th.
Hoops for Hope is a fun, family basketball event in the Mountaintop area and has become a favorite on the mountain. This year, people will see the six-team bracket play out among the Crestwood High School junior and senior class, elementary and middle school teachers, and local law enforcement officials, as well as MYBL coaches and referees. There will be a total of 8 games, each game lasting ten minutes. New this year will be a 3 point shootout at halftime for prizes, and the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Railriders mascot, Champ, will make an appearance. As always, the crowd favorite conclusion will involve someone being selected to cover a teacher in silly string.
During the games, teams from the Mountain Top Relay for Life will have individual tables selling various items in the cafeteria. There will be a basket raffle and refreshments will also be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit the Mountain Top Relay for Life and the goal of reaching the million-dollar mark for total funds raised since its inception.
Originally started by Rice Elementary teacher, JoAnne Jones, with a four team bracket of Crestwood teachers, the event evolved over the years to include law enforcement officials, students, and now, MYBL coaches and referees. The crowds have also increased, necessitating advance ticket sales in the high school lobby.
Crestwood graduate and cancer survivor, Luke Modrovsky, took over as chair of the event two years ago when he was a junior at the high school. His background and his interests made it an easy transition. Diagnosed with Retinoblastoma when he was 6 months old, Luke underwent chemotherapy and radiation, as well as the amputation of his left eye. While he says he has no memory of the ordeal, Luke only recently was able to end his yearly MRI appointments and celebrates April 1 as his cancer free anniversary. He is currently a freshman at Wilkes University studying Sports Management and says