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Breen-Phillips hosts third annual Hoops for Hope

| Friday, October 8, 2021

Breen-Phillips will host its third annual Hoops for Hope event this Sunday at the Bookstore basketball courts. The Notre Dame community will come together for a basketball tournament, knockout and tradition.

Due to COVID-19, last year’s event was altered to Hula Hooping in different sections of the campus. Because of the precautionary measures taken by the school to keep students safe, the event will be able to return to its original structure.

Hoops for Hope will be honoring late Sister Mary McNamara. During her time at Notre Dame, she was not only a beloved rector, but an avid Notre Dame basketball fan. “You could always see her on the sidelines,” Breen-Phillip’s Vice President Holly O’Brien said. In honor of her, this Breen-Phillips event sets the goal of raising money for the Sisters of the Incarnate Word, an organization Sister McNamara held close to her heart.

Courtesy of Holly O'Brien
2019 Breen-Phillips Hoops for Hope

Students are able to register until Friday, October 8th at 12 p.m. on a google form available on the Breen-Phillips Instagram page or through the President of students’ respective dorms. Teams of three will be able to challenge each other in creative names and outfits to see who is truly the best at basketball, all while raising money for a good cause. 

Even those who are not interested in basketball will have the opportunity to participate and get involved. There will be a less physically demanding game of knockout available. Along with this, students are also encouraged to support the event by buying t-shirts or just showing up to cheer on their favorite team. 

Although competitive Notre Dame students will certainly be set out to win the trophies and gift cards, the event is not meant to be an overly intense tournament. “I would just hope for a fun day, maybe a fun study break I know since like midterms are coming up. It’s a good excuse to kind of get out, get some fresh air,” O’Brien said. 

Hoops for Hope aims to create an event that emulates the core values of Notre Dame’s community. As said by  “I think it kind of emphasizes again just the greater Notre Dame family. The meaning behind this event is helping our Rector who was part of this BP family, but was also part of the greater Notre Dame family,” Breen-Phillip’s president Annika Knuth said. “Even though she passed, we want to keep her memory alive and help the people that she was close to”

This event honors Sister Mary McNamara through charitable means. Through it all, the Notre Dame spirit remains. “Once you’re part of this Notre Dame family you’re in it for the long run,” Knuth said. 

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