High School Sports

Charlotte Hoop Fest at Vance to benefit local family

Adam Jennings

The first Charlotte Hoop Fest is May 21 at Vance High School. Billed as a night of fun for the community, the night is the brainchild of former Vance boys basketball coach Will Robinson and Jasun Williams of Keepin’ It Clean Entertainment. The event will also benefit a local family in need.

The Hoop Fest is modeled after a similar event Robinson was once involved in, in northern Virginia. That Hoop Fest, heading into its 21st year, has raised more than $130,000 for area families in need and become an anticipated event in the area.

Robinson and Williams hope to do the same thing in Charlotte.

Their event here will include a 3-point contest, hot shot and slam dunk contest between players from competing high schools. Robinson said the mission of the Hoop Fest is to “united top area athletes in demonstrating the importance of giving back to the community by honoring a student or family experiencing extreme challenges.”

A special committee will select a local family and that family will be presented a portion of the proceeds from the event. Robinson hopes to move the event to different schools in different parts of Mecklenburg County each year. Also this year, former Independence boys basketball star Jeff McGill will be honored. McGill passed away recently at 50 after a long battle with stomach cancer.

“Our athletes are often recognized for their many accomplishments over the years,” Williams said in a release. “Hoop Fest is an opportunity for them to be in the spotlight for a different reason -- by allowing them to give of their time and talents to benefit persons in need.”

Hoop Fest willl run 6-9 p.m. with doors opening at 5 p.m. on May 21. Tickets are $10 for patrons 11 and older. Patrons 10 and under get in for $5. Tickets will be sold at the door and at keepitcleanentertainment.com