The Fourth Annual Bounc’n Cancer Basketball Event will be held Jan. 28 at Pendleton Convention Center.
Games start at 1 p.m. and will feature varsity players from Echo, Stanfield, Irrigon, Nixyaawii and Yellowhawk.
Echo athletic director Jake Bacon said that the event began three years ago at the suggestion of Nixyaawii Community School basketball coach Aaron Noisey with the support of Yellowhawk Tribal Center’s Jennifer Campbell.
“(They) are the two that spearheaded this thing and made it wonderful,” said Bacon, who also noted community support for Bounc’n Cancer “skyrocketed” last year with the participation of Irrigon and Pilot Rock.
Bacon said also that funds raised both at the door and through coin drives and pledges will be donated to cancer support groups in the Hermiston and Pendleton area.
“Good Shepherd Hospital in Hermiston, St. Anthony’s in Pendleton and Yellowhawk Multifeather (Tribal Health Center) are the three primary groups the money goes to,” said Bacon, who also noted that the Blue Mountain Basketball Officials Association have in the past donated their game fees back to the event.
If you would like to volunteer or make a donation, write to one of the following school district representatives: Echo’s Jake Bacon at firstname.lastname@example.org, Stanfield’s Bryan Johnson at email@example.com or Irrigon’s Blaine Ganova at firstname.lastname@example.org.