NORTH LOGAN – Former Aggie hoopsters will once again be taking the basketball court, but this time it is to help raise money for the Cache County Children’s Justice Center this Saturday at Green Canyon High School.
The CV Hoops Classic, now in its third year, is an open basketball tournament with all proceeds benefiting the Children’s Justice Center, which serves local families that have experienced child abuse.
Those who attend, event organizer Landon Benson said, are encouraged to donate.
“They run off a very low budget,” he said. “Any donation whether it’s a dollar or 10 helps them.”
According to Benson, there will be 16 teams that make up two different divisions. One division features 10 teams, each with former college basketball players. At least four former USU basketball players – Jalen Moore, Grayson Moore, Brady Jardine and Preston Medlin – will be part of the tournament. Former players from the University of Utah and other universities will also play. The other side, Benson said, is less competitive, and includes six sponsored teams.
Games will start Friday, March 23, and while everyone is invited to attend Friday, Benson said the main event on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. will feature the championship game, giveaways and contests. A half-court shot contest open to all spectators will take place during halftime of the championship game. Each participant will pay $10, but the winner gets a bed set donated by Malouf worth $2,000.
“Bring your families,” Benson said. “We want as many families there as we can.”
Benson started the event after he and some friends attended several similar basketball tournaments through Utah and Idaho, but wanted to improve on different aspects. Around the time of the first CV Hoops Classic tournament, Benson was on the charity board at ICON, which brought him on a visit to the Cache Justice Center.
“It just kind of impacted me, the speech and stuff they gave and told us all the problems that are going on in Cache Valley with child abuse,” he said. “I decided I would try it out and do my tournament for them the second year. It was awesome, everything went good. The refs donated their time so we could do more with the charity. We got more teams that year.”
Food vendors Pauni Island Grill and Stacked! will also be at the event.