‘Hoops For Troops Basketball Classic’ Aims To Raise Money For Veterans

Eight boys’ basketball teams from around the region – including the Franklin High School Warriors – will converge at FHS Jan. 30 for a tournament to raise money for U.S.veterans.

Conceived by FHS boys’ basketball coach Corey Floyd, the “Hoops for Troops Basketball Classic” also includes teams from Gill St. Bernards, Bedford Academy in Brooklyn, N.Y., Rutgers Prep, Somerville, St. Anthony’s of Jersey City, Prestige Academy of Linden and Piscataway.

Floyd said that he thought the fund raiser would be a good way to help veterans.

“Given that I am in law enforcement and have had friends and co-workers who have served in the military, I thought this would be a great way to say thank you,” he wrote in an email. “Every day, thousands of U.S. servicemen and women lay down their lives and risk everything to protect our country and provide us with the freedom we enjoy.”

“The Hoops for Troops Basketball Classic is a great way to honor and support those men and women of the military, both past and present,” he wrote.

This is the inaugural year for the event, Floyd said he hopes to make it an annual event.

“This is also an avenue to get my boys more involved in community service and giving back,” he wrote. “It is also a great way to get our local communities involved in giving back, to include supporting the teams that put in so much work during the basketball season.”

The first game, Gill St. Bernards vs Bedford Academy, is scheduled to tip off at 1 p.m.

The signature game, Franklin vs. Piscataway, is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m.

Admission is $8, with $1 deducted with the donation of a non-perishable food item to the Franklin Township Food Bank.

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