Maine CUs' Coordinated Charity Basketball Tournament Fastbreaks To Fundraising Record In Milestone Year
January 27, 2014
On Sunday, January 26, a record number of more than 300 players and 52 teams took the court to help swish-out childhood cancer at the 20th Annual Dr. Noel Paradise Memorial Swish-Out Childhood Cancer Challenge. Coordinated by Maine's credit unions, this is Maine's longest, continuous-running, charity 3-on-3, co-ed basketball tournament. For the fourth year, the event featured a Junior Swish-Out tournament, consisting of nearly 50 middle school students (grades 6-8). This year also introduced a 'Not So Over the Hill' category, for players 45 and older. The other divisions for the Swish-Out Tournament included a 'Just For Fun' Division and an Elite Division.
This year’s winners were: Elite Division - VTEC Training; Just For Fun – Preti Flaherty; Not-So-Over-The-Hill – Harborview Investments; and Junior – Messalonskee Middle School Eagles.
In addition to the double elimination tournaments, the event also included a silent auction where attendees bid on donated items such as Red Sox tickets, Celtics tickets, an autographed Celtics team basketball, gift baskets, gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses and much more. This year's generous sponsors include: Maine's Credit Unions, Electricity Maine – Power to Help, Hannaford Supermarkets, Martin's Point Healthcare, CU Promise, Kohl's, Moody's Collision Centers, Portland Sea Dogs, Time Warner Cable, The University of Southern Maine, Texas Instruments, WEX and WPOR (101.9) Radio.
In 1994, with seven teams, Jon Paradise, the Maine Credit Union League's AVP of Governmental & Public Affairs, founded the Swish-Out Childhood Cancer Challenge and raised just over $500.00. In its history, the event has raised more than $290,000 to help children with cancer and their families. This is the longest, continuous running, 3-on-3, charity basketball tournament in Maine.
“The spirit of the tournament is a testament to the great volunteers, participants and sponsors, and is the reason why it has lasted twenty years and continues to grow. I am very proud to be a part of it but it is a community effort and not only has grown to raise significant funds for children with cancer and their families but also raise awareness. 100% of everything we raise each year goes directly to helping at MCCP,” Paradise explained.