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Hoops for Hunger helps support ADRA’s Hunger projects while strengthening the church family’s relationships with the youth in the community. The 3-on-3 scrimmage is open to all within the church and the community. It raises funds to help feed thousands of people in developing countries face hunger because of drought, civil conflicts, or natural disasters.

If you’re interested in hosting your own Hoops for Hunger event, visit www.hoopsforhunger.ca or email StayInTouch@adra.ca.

MORE THAN A TOURNAMENT

The excitement in the air is punctuated by basketball dribbles, sneakers squeaking on the shiny gym floor, referee whistle trills, and friends and family cheering. Teams of young and not-so-young men and women race across the courts, striving for the prize. However, this friendly competition is for much more than just a few fleeting moments in the limelight. This is the Hoops for Hunger basketball tournament, an annual fundraising event hosted by the Toronto West Seventh-day Adventist Church. The basketball tournament is the result of much prayer, a sense of mission, and collaboration.

Hoops for Hunger helps support ADRA’s Hunger projects while strengthening the church family’s relationships with the youth in the community. The 3-on-3 scrimmage is open to all within the church and the community. It raises funds to help feed thousands of people in developing countries face hunger because of drought, civil conflicts, or natural disasters.

Hoops for Hunger is one of God’s inspirations,” shares Janice Smith, ADRA Ambassador for the church.

Janice left her island home of Jamaica and emigrated to Canada when she was 11 years old. Growing up in a developing country showed Janice the pain of poverty and the plight of the hungry has a special place in her heart.

Janice was always moved when she heard the testimonies of those who were helped by the church’s ministries. She donated to these causes when she could, but she had a strong desire to do more. She waited and watched for God to provide the opportunity.

Five years ago, she was offered the role of ADRA Ambassador. At first she was uncertain about what it meant, but she decided to let the Lord lead.  She began praying about ways to strengthen the relationship between the Toronto West