Hoop Heroes game benefits Salvation Army's Zone Academy

March 19, 2013|By Joyce Rudolph
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Firefighters in blue and police officers in red, battle for the ball during Hoop Heroes basketball between Glendale Police and Fire Departments at Glendale High School. Sunday, April 1, 2012.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Firefighters in blue and police officers… (Photo by Mike Mullen )

The Hoop Heroes Basketball Championship Game has played a major part in helping youngsters in the Salvation Army's Zone Academy improve their literacy.

This annual event raises funds for the academy, which provides homework tutoring for youths ages 8 to 13. Included in the program is a Diagnostic Online Reading Assessment component that helps youngsters work on improving their literacy.

The program was so successful during the first quarter of 2011 that 70% of the youths in the program went up a grade level in their literacy, said Hoop Heroes Chairman Rick Dinger.

The third annual basketball game between the Glendale firefighters and police begins at 3 p.m. on April 7 at the Glendale High School gym. Tickets are $5 and each spectator is asked to bring a can of food to be donated to the Salvation Army Food Pantry.

Each fan in attendance will receive a free raffle ticket. Some of the prizes will include the opportunity to shoot a half-court shot for $500 and free airfare to Las Vegas, Phoenix or Oakland courtesy of Montrose Travel.


The event begins with a pre-game competition between the Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club and the Glendale Noon Kiwanis. This year, the game is being shortened to 10-minute halves because of the advanced age of many of the Kiwanis team members, quipped Dinger, who is president of Sunrise Rotary.

Student wins speaker contest

J. Lupinski, a senior at Crescenta Valley High School, won the Student Speakers Contest at the Northwest Glendale Lions Club in February and will next compete in the Metro Zone C contest this month.

This is the 77th annual event sponsored by the Lions Clubs of California. The topic is “How Do We Create and Keep Jobs in America?”

Lupinski received a check for $75. Three other speakers each received checks for $25. They were Amy Woo, of Crescenta Valley High School, and Natalin Daldalian and Cian Cardenas, of Glendale High School.

CROP Walk raises $30,000 plus

The Glendale Foothill Communities CROP Walk was a real success, having raised $30,000 and still counting, says walk representative Christine Courtois.

A portion of the funds will go to the four local food pantries — Catholic Charities Loaves and Fishes, the ShareOurSelves Thrift Store & Food Pantry, the Salvation Army's Food Pantry and Meals on Wheels program, and the Bailey Human Care Center food pantry in Tujunga, as well as the Glendale Community College food voucher program.

Gown donations benefit teen girls

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