Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hoops for Hope

Have I ever told you how awesome my nephew Trey is? Truly, wonderfully awesome. He is the oldest Barber cousin and we couldn't ask for a better example to forge the trails of growing up for all his little cousins and sibs.
Two years ago for his Eagle Scout project he invited the TN Vols and LadyVols to come and play basketball with with kids from DSAG (Down Syndrome Awareness Group).  Hoops for Hope, he called it. It was a smash hit. A slam dunk, if you will. Everyone asked if they would be able to do it again, and a three-years-and-counting tradition was born. The event got bigger each year as they fine tuned the event to include a silent auction, a raffle, an autograph session and as much fun as you can cram into a high school gym. Trey even had a few promo spots with local tv and radio news shows. I didn't take many photos and the ones I did take were pretty bad lighting-wise, etc. They give you an idea, though...

Brad films Trey doing a quick channel 10 interview:


Handing out t-shirts:


The players run through a vol-high-five gauntlet before each game:


New slam dunk record is set:


9 comments:

Jeanne said...

How cool is that!? Way to go!!

Natalie said...

so i just recently made my first recycled tee out of a hoops for hope t-shirt. (we had gotten it from brents dad) i didn't know the story behind it though. i think thats so cool. like pretty crazy rad.

lisa said...

Lori, what a great aunt you are to brag on Trey! Seeing your blog on this made me realize for the first time that I haven't blogged about it! I better get on that.

Love the picture of Brad filming the news guy filming Trey.

joelb said...

sounds like it was a homerun.

or rather a, uh, goal.

Alice Wills Gold said...

I heard about this. that is so awesome. Is that Bruce Pearl?

Sharlene, Mom, Grammy said...

Fantastic pictures, Lori! My favorite is the one of Trey being filmed by channel 10, being filmed by Brad. Great shot!! Three cheers for Trey and his family! They are a superhero family.

Anthony said...

That's just too cool. Way to go Trey!!!

About Me said...

Amen! All of the participants were so incredibly sweet and loving. It's such a happy experience for everyone. :)

Jessica said...

How silly and embarrassing... I don't know why my name was About Me!