With an incredibly successful premiere in 2014, Holiday Hoopsgiving has quickly established itself as the Southeast’s premier high school basketball showcase, bringing together the Peach State’s top boys and girls teams to compete against some of the nation’s best programs. Highly ranked national players, regional rising stars, and under-the-radar up-and-comers alike all come together in Atlanta over Thanksgiving weekend to compete against a collection of talent found nowhere else in the country.
Holiday Hoopsgiving 2014 was covered by ESPN, Yahoo! Sports, Rivals.com, and numerous other high school sports and college basketball recruiting blogs.
This year’s tournament will be covered by all those and Maxpreps.com, SUVtv, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Fox Sports, 92.9 The Game, and other media outlets. For its 2nd annual tournament, Holiday Hoopsgiving plans to keep expectations high as it has an amazing team line up.
In addition to serving as a rush of competition for teams, a talent showcase for players, and a dream for high school basketball fans, Holiday Hoopsgiving also -- and more importantly -- directly benefits and is hosted by Play For Orange, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research for a cure for leukemia.
Play For Orange is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research for a cure for leukemia, and direct patient care programs that ease financial, social, and emotional burdens of low income patients and their families in the Atlanta area. Leukemia is the most common cancer found in children and teens and orange is the color widely associated with this form of cancer. Our mission at Play for Orange is to partner with energy driven high school athletes to raise awareness, funds, and support for those youth diagnosed with Leukemia and their families. Play for Orange uses the game of basketball as a platform to raise this awareness.
Proceeds from Holiday Hoopsgiving benefit Play For Orange, and as part of their participation in the tournament, all players and coaching staff from each team collect donations in their respective hometowns and visit Children’s Hospital of Atlanta over the weekend, bringing gifts and sharing their stories of achievement through sports with young patients.