The inaugural Detroit Area Hoops for Huntington’s offers eastsiders a chance to promote awareness for Huntington’s Disease and enjoy a day of hoops and camaraderie. Open to everyone, the event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday May 19 in the Lavins Activity Center at Grosse Pointe Park’s Windmill Pointe Park. The fundraiser is hosted by the daughters of Marcia Hathaway of the Park who was diagnosed with Huntington’s last December.
Hoops for Huntington features an individual free throw challenge with a $10 entry fee. Players have three minutes to makes as many free throws as possible. There is also a five member team event in which the first four players have 30 seconds to shoot and the last player a full minute. There will be prizes awarded for top shooters, top team, best sportsmanship and most creative costume. There will also be a silent auction with many valuable prizes.
Hoops for Huntington’s aims to raise awareness and funds for research to find a disease for the genetic disease. Huntington’s is a devastating, hereditary, degenerative brain disorder for which there is currently no cure. Huntington's slowly diminishes the affected individual's ability to walk, talk, and reason. Eventually, that person will become totally dependent on others for their care.