Courting A New Record!
Annual Basketball Tournament, coordinated by Maine CUs, raises a record-setting $52,650 for children's cancer

January 19, 2017

When the first C-U Swish-Out Childhood Cancer Challenge (in memory of Dr. Noel Paradise) was held in 1994, the event raised $575 and featured seven teams.  Fast forward to 23 years later and the 2017 event, which was held on Sunday, January 15, featured 50 teams and raised a record-setting $52,650 for the Maine Children's Cancer Program.

"The support of the community, from sponsors, players and volunteers, is the number one reason why this event has become the longest, continuous-running, 3-on-3, charity basketball tournament in Maine," said Jon Paradise, VP of Governmental and Public Affairs for the Maine CU League and the founder of the event.  "It has been so special to witness the generosity of so many people coming together to help children with cancer and their families.  I am honored to be a small part of it."

The 2017 Swish-Out was held at USM in Gorham, and featured teams from throughout Maine and players from across New England, participating in 5 divisions - three Adult Divisions and two Junior Divisions. Paradise said between 350 and 400 people either played or watched this year's event including a record number of children's teams.  "Kids bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and it's nice to see them want to help."

Special thanks to the major sponsors of the 2017 event including: Maine's credit unions; Tyler Technologies; PCH; Intermed; CU Promise; WEX; Five County CU; Synergent; Tricorp FCU; Hannaford Supermarkets; Martin's Point Health Care; Premium Consulting; USM; Time Warner Cable; and WPOR 101.9. 

As a result of raising a new record total this year, the event has now raised nearly $430,000 for the Maine Children's Cancer Program.  Tara Studley of MCCP called the event "really wonderful.  It is so well-organized and the connections to Maine Children's Cancer Program with some of the teams is especially nice to see.  The work and support of all involved is so appreciated."

Paradise announced that the 2018 event will be held on Sunday, January 14, 2018, at USM in Gorham.