Registration Underway For Annual Swish-Out Childhood Cancer Challenge

January 13, 2015

Registration for teams and participants is now underway for Maine's longest, continuous-running, 3-on-3 benefit basketball tournament. The 21st Annual Dr. Noel Paradise Memorial Swish-Out and Junior Swish-Out Childhood Cancer Challenge will take place on Sunday, February 8, 2015, at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham. Coordinated by Maine's credit unions, teams of businesses, friends and family, and or any other connection are once again being sought and encouraged to participate in the event which benefits the Maine Children's Cancer Program.

The Swish-Out has three adult divisions: Elite (12 team limit); Just For Fun Recreation Division (32 team limit); and the Not-So-Over-The-Hill Division, all players must be 45 and older except one) (8 team limit). The minimum age for adult team participation is 17 years of age. There is also a Junior Division, which is open to Middle Schoolers (Grades 6-8, with up to two fifth graders per team allowed). Space in each division is limited but is currently available for every division.

The tournament is a three-on-three, co-ed, double-elimination event. The entry fee remains at just $100.00 per team and all funds raised go directly to the Maine Children's Cancer Program. Since it began in 1994, more than $290,000 has been raised through the event. The Tournament's first year started with 7 teams and raised $575; last year, the Tournament featured 53 teams and raised just over $31,000. The entry fee for the Junior Division is $75 per team.

"This has truly become such a community event and it's great to see the commitment, dedication and participation of so many people year after year. It really is a testament to the generosity of the sponsors, players and fans that participate and support it every year. Though it has grown and evolved over the years, the focus remains the same – to help children with cancer and their families. We are particularly proud of the fact that 100% of everything raised goes directly to the Maine Children's Cancer Program. No one could have imagined that this event would become the longest-running, continuous, co-ed charity basketball tournament in Maine. Teams from across Maine and New Hampshire come to participate," explained Jon Paradise, VP of Governmental & Public Affairs for the Maine Credit Union League, and the founder of the event.

This year's event is once again coordinated by the Maine Credit Union League and Maine's credit unions and sponsored in part by Kepware Technologies, Five County Credit Union, WEX, Hannaford Supermarkets, Martin's Point Healthcare, CU Promise, Back In Motion Physical Therapy, Jackson Laboratory, Moody's Collision Centers, Time Warner Cable and WPOR (101.9) Radio.

Teams in all divisions may be of any size with the only stipulation being that a member of the opposite sex is on the court at all times. All participants receive a water bottle and t-shirt. Plaques are awarded to the top four and there is also a Silent Auction held in conjunction with the event. Again, space is limited.

For an entry form, sponsorship information and/or for more information, please contact Jon Paradise at the Maine Credit Union League at (207) 773-5671, ext. 273, or e-mail Entry forms may be downloaded by clicking here.

"In addition to playing, there a few remaining sponsorship opportunities. Sponsorships start as low as $150, which also goes directly to the Program," added Paradise.

While businesses and organizations make up the majority of teams that participate in the tournament, Paradise said that some teams are made up of family members, friends, and neighbors. "A team is defined by the participants because this event is about making a difference for children with cancer and their families," added Paradise.