More than 1200 Boys and Girls Participate, Over $1200 Raised for Local Charities
Lakota’s March Madness Charity Basketball Tournament just wrapped up its 18th year – and is still setting records.
The tournament gives Lakota’s elementary schools a chance to form their own basketball teams, and compete against one another for a chance at the championship trophy for each grade level.
This year the tournament expanded to include second-graders; a record number of more than 1200 boys and girls in grades 2-6 participated in this year’s March Madness. The players are not necessarily the student-athletes that will come through the junior high and high school athletics programs. In fact, the majority of the participants will never have another opportunity to represent their school on a sports team, and that is what makes this tournament so special.
Holding Lakota’s March Madness is no easy feat; this year 152 teams played 138 games from March 13 through March 24. Volunteers logged many hours to plan this year’s charity tournament, and the community came together to coach the teams, sell tickets and cheer on the players.
All of the hard work resulted in over $12,000 being raised for local charities; this year’s funds will go to Reach Out Lakota, the Lakota Community Fund, and Paige’s Princess Foundation.
“The tournament is about community-building and philanthropy,” said Mike Goldman, one of the founders of Lakota’s March Madness. “What students learn goes far beyond how to dribble and shoot a basketball. Students learn how to support one another, as both a teammate and a supporter in the stands.”
Click here to see the tournament brackets and grade level winners.