Annual CU Swish-Out Childhood Cancer Challenge
Swish-Out and Junior Swish-Out Childhood Cancer Challenge
(Presented and coordinated by Maine's Credit Unions)
BREAKING NEWS: 2017 event raises a record-setting $52,650! Thank you!
2018 Tournament will be held Sunday, January 14, 2018!
Adult Divisions - Elite; Recreational; and Forever Young (40 and older)
Youth Divisions - Middle School (open 6-8 graders); and 5th/6th Grade
100% of all sponsorships go directly to helping children with cancer and their families! That's right, 100%.
2018 Support (Sponsorship) Opportunities (available soon) -
For additional information and/or to reserve a sponsorship or discuss options, please email Jon Paradise, or call him at (207) 773-5671, ext. 273. The 2018 Swish-Out and Junior Swish-Out will be held on Sunday, January 14, 2018.
2017 Tournament sets new fundraising record!
Once again, Maine's credit unions came together to help the community with the 23rd Annual Swish-Out and Junior Swish-Out held on Sunday, January 15, 2017, at USM in Gorham. Approximately 50 teams competed and raised a record-setting $52,650 for the Maine Children's Cancer Program. Winners of the various divisions are pictured below. Thank you to everyone that supported this year's event!
Maine's credit unions would like to recognize other organizations that are significant supporters of this event in 2017:
Five County Credit Union
Martin's Point Health Care
University of Southern Maine
Time Warner Cable/Spectrum
Portland Sea Dogs
Moody's Collision Centers
Elite Division - Emma's Fearless Bears took home the championship for the first time. Second Place: High Topz - Elite.
Just For Fun Division - The winner of the 2017 Division Championship was Preti Flaherty, which won the title in 2014. Runner-up: Sweet'N Low Post.
Forever Young (40 and older) Division- Harborview Investments took first place, a title they also took in 2014. Runner-Up was: Tyler Ball 'Til You Fall.
Junior Swish-Out Division - Middle School (grades 6-8) - A team named Bouncy Motive won the title. Runners Up: The Dream Team, a team from Portland.
Junior Swish-Out Division -5th/6th Grade Divsion - The Junior Franchise 3 repeated as 5/6th grade division champs. Runners Up: Team Hoglund.
History Of The Tournament
What began with 7 teams raising $575 for children with cancer and their families back in 1994, has now grown to regularly sell-out with a field of approximately 60 adult and junior teams, depending on the year. A Junior Swish-Out for Middle School children was added in 2011, and a 5th/6th grade division was added in 2016. To date, the event has now raised more than $425,000 for children with cancer and their families.
Organizing a team
From co-workers, family members, neighbors, friends, teams are very diverse. There is no maximum size limit on the number of players on one team but at least one member of the opposite sex must be on the court at all times. All players in the adult division must be 15 years of age or older to participate in the Swish-Out. This is a 3-on-3, co-ed, double elimination event with a focus on FUN. There are three divisions for adults (Elite - Most competitive; Just For Fun - limited to 32 teams; Just For Fun - Least competitive; Forever Young - all players must be 40 years of age or older(except one player can be under 40) and field is limited to 8 teams! For the Junior Swish-Out, same criteria as the adult tournament. There are now three divisions by grades - 6th-8th; and 5th/6th.