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Basketball tournament proceeds go to RileyPosted Friday, April 15, 2011, at 3:00 PM
It has been several years that Bloomfield Elementary School teacher and Bloomfield High School volleyball coach Susie Schulte has been involved with different fund raisers, with the proceeds going to Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis.
This year Schulte will be having a basketball tournament April 29-30 and May 1 at the Bloomfield gyms.
There will be a boys and girls basketball tournaments for players in grades 1-3, 4-6, junior high, high school and open divisions.
Entry fee is $30 per team and checks should be made payable to Bloomfield Elementary School. Team information, including what division they will be participating, contact info and fees can be mailed to BES, 500 South St., Bloomfield IN 47424.
"I have worked with different teachers in the past doing different fund raisers," said Schulte. "Last year we had a dodgeball tournament and we raised $8,000.
"Jenny Medina, who teaches fourth grade at Bloomfield, helped us get T-shirts at a reduced rate in the past. Darla Bent, a home economics teacher at Bloomfield, and her class have made blankets to send up for the children at Riley. Nancy Hudson, a high school teacher, also has helped, as did Stephanie Arthur last year. There have been different teachers that have also been a big help."
Schulte added that Susan Street and her Teen Student Leadership Academy (TSLA) students had "Penny Wars." "Susan and her students have already raised over $2,000," said Schulte. "That money will go in with what we raise from the basketball tournaments.
"Susan and I have raised money together for Riley for several years. She really helps a lot."
She said that former BHS athletic director Jason Skomp has been working to promote this event.
She added that there will be four courts going in Glover Gymnasium and two in the old gym.
"We hope to make this an annual event," she said. "We will be having concessions as well.
"Although $8,000 is not a lot of money, hopefully it will help a little. We would like to raise at least that much, if not more this year."
Schulte said there have been local kids with kidney diseases helped.
"Also, both of the boys who were burned (Nicholas Decker and Joshua Merritt) were helped before they died in the burn unit at Riley last year."
The deadline for entering in the tournament is April 26.
"We would like to make this an annual event," said Schulte. "We had the dodgeball tournament last year and did other things, like selling T-shirts as well. Main Street Sports always helps us out with shirts.
"We have a good time with it and we are trying to help out a great cause."
B.J. Hargis is the sports editor at the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812) 847-4487, ext. 12 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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