Registration Now Underway For 20th Annual Swish-Out Childhood Cancer Challenge

December 23, 2013

Registration is now open for Maine’s longest, continuous-running, 3-on-3 benefit basketball tournament.  The 20th Annual Dr. Noel Paradise Memorial Swish-Out and Junior Swish-Out Childhood Cancer Challenge will take place on Sunday, January 26, 2014, 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 sought to participate in the event which benefits the Maine Children’s Cancer Program.  

For its milestone 20th year, the Swish-Out has added a third adult division called the Not-So-Over-The-Hill Division, which requires that all team members be 45 years of age or older.  This division goes along with the Elite 8 Division, by invitation only once a team has registered, and the Just For Fun Recreation Division, which is limited to the first 28 teams to register.  

The tournament is a three-on-three, co-ed, double-elimination event and is open to adults 18 or older.  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, nearly $260,000 has been raised through the event.  The Tournament’s first year started with 7 teams and raised $575; last year, the Tournament featured 52 teams and raised $28,500.

This year’s event also features the 4th Annual Junior Swish-Out, open to middle school students (grades 6-8).  The Junior Swish-Out format is similar to the adult tournament with a 3-on-3, co-ed format.  The Junior Swish-Out is limited to the first 16 teams to enter and the entry fee is $75 per team.

“It is hard to believe that this year’s Tournament will mark 20 years.  It really is a testament to the generosity of the sponsors, players and fans that participate and support it every year. It’s now become similar to a giant family reunion where generations of players participate year after year.  It continues to evolve and expand in ways that help raise additional funds for children with cancer and their families.  Adding a middle school division is something we had been asked about for a number of years and this is the fourth year we are offering this and interest seems to be growing. Having a new division where all players must be 45 years of age or older is also something that has been requested over the years so we thought it would be a good time to give it a try. The other two divisions are also very popular.  As it did when it began 20 years ago, the tournament continues to have the same mission it had when it began – to come together as a community to help children with cancer and their families. This event is the longest-running, continuous charity basketball tournament in Maine, and is unique in the fact that 100% of all funds raised through this event go directly to the cause,” explained Jon Paradise, AVP 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 Electricity Maine’s Power To Help Fund, Five County Credit Union, WEX, Texas Instruments, Hannaford Supermarkets, Martin’s Point Healthcare, CU Promise, 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 bottles and t-shirts.  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 also be downloaded.  

“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.