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Flight Contribute in 1st Annual Hoops for Hope Event

September 29, 2010 - Continental Basketball League (CBL) - Florida Flight News Release

Orlando, FL - Members of the Florida Flight took first place in the 1st Annual Hoops for Hope charity basketball tournament Friday, September 24, 2010 hosted by River Run Christian Church.

Owner Mark King joined 2010 Flight player Garvin Gordon and Kene Anusionwu, recent alum out of Bethune-Cookman University and prospective player for the 2011 Flight season, to form a 3-man team and compete against others to help raise awareness and funds for The Hope Foundation, a Non-Profit organization dedicated to helping the homeless throughout Florida.

"It was nice to win, but that wasn't what this tournament was about for us," said King.

Over 40 people participated in the two day event which included a skills challenge and concert filled with local talent during the Hoops for Hope kick-off celebration. Registration fees went to the Hope Foundation. Additionally, each player was required to bring a minimum of 5 canned goods to participate, which helped to build up the Hope Foundation food pantry for the upcoming holiday season. Jamie Newman, Founder of Central Florida Hoops, a rapidly growing Junior Magic-affiliated youth league, organized and managed the basketball operations for the event.

"I always make it a point to use my passion for basketball to make a difference and give back to my community. The tournament was a success, but I hope that we can grow from this and make it bigger and better each year," said Newman.

Brian Dorn, Director of Student Ministries at River Run Christian Church, said this is the first of many Hoops for Hope tournaments to come.

"Our vision is to make this an annual event that players and fans look forward to attending each year," said Dorn. "Basketball is becoming very popular in Florida, especially with the kids, and we want to capitalize on that and help raise awareness and support for organizations like The Hope Foundation of Oviedo."

The event is the second in two weeks for the Flight, whose mission is to "utilize the platform of professional basketball to invest in the lives of others." The team plans to make an additional announcement in the coming weeks regarding tryouts for the upcoming 2011 season.

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