Knights, Badgers tip off for United Way

Hoop Classic 

The Niagara College Knights and Brock University Badgers men’s and women’s basketball teams will hit the hard court at the Welland Campus Athletic Centre September 28 in support of the United Way.

The games are part of the third-annual Peninsula Hoop Classic, which brings the region’s two postsecondary institutions together to benefit a key community organization.

“We’re very pleased to join with Brock University in supporting the United Way,” said Matthew Davies, Niagara College’s manager of athletics and recreation. “This is also a great opportunity for fans to enjoy an exciting evening of varsity basketball.” 

“Brock University is looking forward to the third-annual Peninsula Hoop Classic,” said Brock University’s director of athletics Robert Hilson. “On a broader level, Brock University looks forward to further developing our relationship with Niagara College for the benefit of not only the United Way but the entire Niagara Region.”

The Peninsula Hoop Classic was launched in 2010, and was the first game ever played in NC’s then-new Welland Campus Athletic Centre. The first game was a great success – packing close to 1,000 spectators into the athletic centre and generating $4,000 for the United Way.

The event alternates between venues, and was held at Brock for the second year, which also saw the addition of a game between the women’s teams. While the United Way has been the biggest winner in the three-year history of the Hoop Classic, Brock has so far held the edge on the scoreboard. In the first year, the Brock Badgers men’s team topped the Knights 91-59. Last year’s event included the men’s and women’s teams, and the Badgers won 89-76 and 84-26 respectively.

Doors will open at 5:30 pm, and the women’s teams will tip off at 6 pm, with the men’s game scheduled for an 8 pm start. Tickets are available at the door, and prices are $6 for adults and $4 for students over age 16. Anyone under 16 is admitted for free. Students can get in for free and adults can get $2 off admission if they wear blue and bring a non-perishable food donation for NC’s Student Administrative Council Food Bank. Parking is free for this event.

Watch InsideNC for an upcoming chance to win passes to the game.

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