Churches United For Fair Housing's (CUFFH) 3rd Annual Hoops for Charity event, called the Williamsburg Invitational Neighborhood (WIN) Basketball Tournament, was held on Saturday, June 30, at Most Holy Trinity/Saint Mary's Gym in Williamsburg.
“We figured this would be a nice way to raise money for local non-profits,” Churches United For Fair Housing Executive Director Rob Solano said. “We wanted to get something going in the summer when fundraising is usually kind of slow. This was a great way to come together and this year we had every major non-profit participating.”
The participating organizations were St. Nicks Alliance, Los Sures, CUFFH, Opportunities for Better Tomorrow, Woodhull Hospital, Trinity Human Services, Brooklyn Legal Services, Vernon Avenue Project, North Brooklyn Development Corp., and NAG.
This is a yearly three-on-three basketball tournament, single game elimination winner-take-all format, every organization puts up $100 per team, with the WIN champion taking home a $1,200 check and a trophy.
This year WIN Champion and the WIN Western Conference Champions was the Vernon Avenue Project aka Re-Connect. They are now the three-time defending champions and have never lost a game since the tournament began. The WIN Eastern Conference Champions was won by CUFFH.
With family, friends and co-workers watching, many of the participants had more on the line than just a check.
“This is fun, but were playing for community bragging rights also,” said CUFFH coordinator Bruno Daniel. “I'm happy to get a trophy, but next year we plan on winning it all.”