Horizons Savannah Announces 2nd Annual Hoops for Horizons Set for March 5

Corporate Sponsors Sought for Basketball Tournament

(SAVANNAH, GA) Horizons of Savannah announces plans for the 2nd Annual Louise Lauretti Hoops for Horizons Basketball Championship Tournament to be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 5 at Savannah Country Day School (SCDS). All proceeds from the event benefit Horizons, a summer program designed to help students from low-income families in the Savannah area achieve academic success.

The 3-on-3 event is open to boys and girls grades 5 through adult. Teams are guaranteed three refereed games, playing in age and affinity divisions.

“This tournament is named for beloved Horizons teacher Louise Lauretti, who lost her battle with melanoma in 2014,” said Christy Edwards, Horizons Executive Director. “It is an opportunity to bring together players of all ages and abilities, local Savannah basketball legends and Horizons supporters to celebrate Louise’s life long love of learning and her legacy at Horizons.”

In addition to the 3-on-3 games, the event features two local basketball legends. Dale Parker, former SCDS basketball coach, and Larry “Gator” Rivers, former Harlem Globetrotter, will both be on hand to lead tournament clinics and interact with the crowd.

New this year is a Free Throw Contest sponsored by Critz Auto Group. The qualifying event for all ages is set for February 20 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Critz BMW, 7009 Abercorn Street. Winners advance to the final contest at the tournament on March 5 and play for prizes.

Adult tickets for the free throw contest are $5; youth are free. Team ticket pricing for the tournament itself are as follows: $50 for a youth team, $75 for ages 18-29 and $100 for 30+.

Horizons is currently seeking area businesses to consider sponsorship opportunities for the fundraiser. There are sponsor levels ranging from title sponsor at $3,500 to supporting a youth team at $50. Sponsors receive a variety of marketing benefits prior to and during the event which are based on their level of support.

For more information on sponsorsing the fund raiser, contact Horizons at 912.961.8854. To register a team for participation, visit horizonssavannah.org.

The mission of Horizons is to provide students from low-income families in the Savannah area an academic, cultural, and recreational program designed to help close the achievement gap by preventing summer learning loss and encouraging academic growth. The program is hosted by three independent schools, Savannah Country Day School, Bethesda Academy and St. Andrew’s School. Students, ages 5-15, participate in rigorous academic study, recreational activities and swimming lessons for 6 weeks out of the summer and gain an average of 2-3 months skills. Horizons is currently accepting applications for the 2016 summer program. Applications are due March 1, 2016.

For more information, contact:
Christy Edwards

Media inquiries, contact:
Cecilia Russo

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