Hoops Fest to provide activities for all ages

The event will feature free-throw contests, long shot competitions.

Saturday's home game against Toledo is not the only on-campus sporting event students will be able to take advantage of this weekend.

The Ball State Sport Administration Club and the school's Intercollegiate Athletics department have worked on a joint venture to create an event called Hoops Fest.

Hoops Fest was created for fans and students to interact and take part in free-throw contests, long-shot competitions, and three-on-three basketball tournaments.

"We're just trying to get more people to come out to the basketball games, said Andy Schwartz, event chairman.

Participation in the events is on a first-come, first-served basis and there will be stations for each event.

Fans need to show a ticket to the Cardinals game against Toledo to be admitted to Hoops Fest. The event has no additional cost.

"Hoops Fest is geared mainly at Ball State students," said Cal Kuphall, faculty sponsor. "It's just kind of a fun thing that students or people from the community can do before the game. It will also be good experience for all the Sport Ad Club members who will be running the event."

Hoops Fest will take place at Worthen Arena before the game on Saturday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Several prizes and gift certificates will be given away throughout the day. Local businesses such as Aeropostale, Damon's, Stadium Marathon and Meijer have donated merchandise to support the event.

"These businesses have donated all kinds of gift certificates and prizes," said Sport Administration Club President David Kelly. "It's really going to be a nice giveaway. All the prizes will be handed out at halftime of the Toledo game."

There will also be a special area where children can play games at Hoops Fest. Several basketball goals with lowered rims (about 8 feet) will help make things easier for the kids.

Children who come to take part in the festivities will have a few options of games they can play. Free-throw shooting contests and pick-up basketball games will be a couple of the primary choices.

When students and adults are competing in various contests, they are invited to take several attempts to improve their scores, according to Sport Administration Club officials.

For example, if someone hits a long shot of 27 feet, they would have until 5:30 p.m. when the station and event comes to a close to hit a longer shot.


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