Hoops 4 Hope Combines Education, Basketball, and College Fair to Guide Students toward Higher Education


Hoops 4 Hope is holding its 2018 annual event on February 9th at the Miramar Youth Enrichment Center. It combines educational information, basketball, and scholarships for the purpose of engaging local youth and guiding them toward better opportunities located “Right here in Miramar.” Fundraisers throughout the year generate money for scholarships. Sponsorships are always available.

The event consists of a basketball tournament happening concurrently with a college fair to give students better exposure to higher education. The tournament was organized by the Miramar Police Department and the Miramar Police Athletic League.

The Hoops 4 Hope Scholarships Application Process

Scholarship registration began in August 2017 and closed January 19 of 2018. Applicants must be seniors and attend a Miramar-based high school. Students submitted an application package and a 500-word essay. They also sent a copy of their transcripts/report cards to show they maintained or exceeded a 3.0 Grade Point Average accompanied by a letter from a school official or School Resource Officer. Finally, the application had to be hand-delivered by the student or their BRACE (Broward Advisors for Continuing Education) Administrator to the Miramar Police Department or to Officer Brittany Parker at bparker@miramarpd.org. The deadline for delivery was January 29th.

About the College Fair

Concurrently occurring with the basketball tournament, from 5-7 p.m. will be the collage fair. It is open to the public and Miramar-based high schools will transport juniors and seniors to the event. The fair gives students an opportunity to meet representatives from several universities and colleges in Florida. Students can obtain informational brochures and speak with representatives in person about the college’s or university’s programs. Some schools will waive application fees if the student completes an “interest card.”

The 2018 Charity Basketball Tournament

From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. the charity 3-on-3 basketball tournament will be held inside the Miramar Youth Enrichment Center. The tournament will consist of 10 teams with double elimination. The public is encouraged to sign-up for a chance to play against several police departments and local businesses. The winning team will be awarded trophies and receive a $500.00 MasterCard gift card. The three winning Hoops 4 Hope Scholarship recipients will be acknowledged and awarded oversized checks during half-time.

Spectators will be able to buy food and raffle tickets for a grill, Ring doorbell, and gift cards from local eateries. Live entertainment provided throughout the entire night from local dance groups and high school step teams.

Half-time entertainers include: Dynamic Divas Step Team – Somerset Academy; Locust Dance Academy; Miramar High Dance Team and Stage Ready Dance Academy.

Special thanks to our leading sponsors, Tropical Financial & Crenshaw Law Firm.

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