A Richmond-based basketball tournament is raising money for young adults with learning disabilities.
For the second year in a row, the Hoop to Learn tournament is raising funds for bursaries and scholarships for students with learning disabilities (also known as learning diversity) – such as dyslexia and ADHD – who are preparing to enter post-secondary studies.
The tournament is run by Open Doors BC Educational Awareness Society, which also provides the scholarships and bursaries to students through their Fund the Dream project. Proceeds from Hoop to Learn also go towards the Fraser Academy’s outreach centre.
The tournament, which will take place Aug. 22 from 3:30 to 10 p.m. at Richmond’s Olympic Oval, is run in a three-on-three format and is open to all high school students in grades 8 – 12.
Hoop to Learn will feature two tournaments: a “his” tournament for boys and a “hers” for girls.
Each team must have four members, and each team member is asked to donate $10, which is put into a pool. The winning team will receive 50 per cent of the proceeds.
The tournament was first organized last year by two university students to raise awareness about learning disabilities.
Last year’s inaugural tournament raised $1,500, which went towards after-school tutoring for students whose families might not have been able to afford tutoring or full-time attendance at a school that helped students with learning disabilities.