Charity Basketball Game Raises $6,800

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Perry Hibner, Community Relations Specialist for the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District
From left to right: Jed Munson, Ben Hershberger and Joshua Bunting.

More than 200 players participated in the SLAM DUMP 3-on-3 basketball tournament Saturday afternoon at MHS.

Senior Joshua Bunting, junior Jed Munson and sophomore Ben Hershberger organized this year's event. This was the third year SLAM DUMP was held. This year's event raised approximately $6,800 for Amor, Fe, y Ezperanza (AFE), an organization dedicated to providing children of the city dump in Tegucigalpa, Honduras with education, food and technical skills. The title means "Love, Faith and Hope" when translated into English.

"We had a lot of fund doing this,'' said Hershberger, who also returned to Honduras this past summer along with Munson to build a house for one of the families living in the dump.

The idea for a fundraiser began in the summer of 2010 when a group of middle and high school students embarked on a youth missions trip to Honduras. There, they witnessedan impoverished community inhabiting a local landfill.

Hershberger said members of the trip were so moved by their experience that they decided to develop a fundraiser. They began SLAM DUMP in the spring of 2011 with all the proceeds going directly to AFE to support their efforts with the dump children. They raised $1,200 in 2011 and $3,600 last year.

Fifty teams and had more than 75 volunteers participated in this year's event, he said. In addition to the basketball they also added a music stage, which was highly successful.

"We specifically want to thank the following:  Middleton H.S. for the donation of their gyms, specifically Mr. Barbeau and Ms. Maurice, for all of their support, the great custodians, Middleton Basketball Club for the scoring signs and the 12 volunteer referees who made it possible for the games to happen fairly & timely, Ben Josh and Jed said.

"Our boys have learned so much from this event -- the planning, the executing, working with adults and more -- things they couldn't learn in a classroom,'' Linda Hershberger said. "And yes, the boys are already talking about next year and have made significant connections with Harbor Athletic Club and Keva Sports for promotion and expansion.''

To learn more about the tournament and the cause, please visit the SLAM DUMP website.

To see photos from Saturday's event, please visit the district's Facebook page.

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