Admission is free with the purchase of a Hoops 4 Hope T-shirt for $10.
All proceeds made from the Hoops 4 Hope T-shirts go directly to the Lee University Developmental Inclusion Classroom, a school for autistic children on Lee University’s campus. The Lee University Athletic Department will also make a donation based on concession sales and admissions.
“The goal of Hoops 4 Hope is to raise autism awareness in the community as well as raise money for the LUDIC center,” said Women’s basketball assistant coach Jan Spangler. “With the money raised, the LUDIC center is able to purchase educational items for their classrooms.”
For LUDIC center Director Tammy Johnson, Hoops 4 Hope raises money and generates valuable exposure for the LUDIC center.
“It also brings awareness to autism, which definitely benefits LUDIC, too,” Johnson said. “Autism is a very baffling and misunderstood disability which affects the entire family. Additionally, autism is increasing at an alarming rate, so ‘Joe Public’ needs to be more informed.”
The fundraiser is not just a sporting event. Activities for the whole family and student body will be available at the game. Lee University’s Bateman team of public relations students will have a photo booth set up for families and students to have their pictures taken to commemorate the event.
This event is open to the public.