Ninth Annual Hoops & Hoopla on March 31 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High to Benefit Kunsberg School for Chronically Ill Children

Sports lovers and supporters of National Jewish Health will gather March 31 for the ninth annual Hoops & Hooplafundraising event presented by Greiner Electric. Proceeds from the event go to Kunsberg School, a free kindergarten through eighth grade school for chronically ill children on the National Jewish Health campus.

Attendees, many of whom sport the colors of their favorite college teams, watch the men’s college basketball championship semifinal games on the Jumbotron on the field, an HDTV video wall and more than 35 TVs. Hoops & Hoopla also features a silent auction, games, gourmet food and two fully stocked open bars.

WHAT:      Ninth annual Hoops & Hoopla presented by Greiner Electric

WHEN:     Saturday, March 31, 2012
               Doors open at 3:30 p.m.; first game tips off at 4 p.m.

WHERE:   Sports Authority Field at Mile High, East Club Level

HOW:       For more information, including sponsorships and ticket availability, contact Mike Meyers at 303.728.6576 or by e-mail at meyersm@njhealth.org

WHY:       Kunsberg School at National Jewish Health is a free day school for 90 chronically ill students in kindergarten through eighth grades. Its mission is to provide a safe, friendly and healthy school environment where students succeed academically, medically and socially. Many students are minorities, and most families are at or below poverty level. Typically, they have fallen behind their peers in school because of illnesses including severe asthma and/or allergies, sickle cell anemia, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other respiratory and related disorders. Kunsberg students receive care and learn to manage their illnesses from three nurses and National Jewish Health pediatricians. They eat nutritious meals, exercise daily, and practice positive social interaction. The students learn in small classes from teachers with advanced degrees using the latest educational technology tools; they demonstrate their knowledge by showing steady improvements on the CSAP test and outpacing their peers in similar schools. Upon graduation, Kunsberg students have the skills to lead healthy, productive, meaningful and active lives.

National Jewish Health is known worldwide for treatment of patients with respiratory, cardiac, immune and related disorders, and for groundbreaking medical research. Founded in 1899 as a nonprofit hospital, National Jewish Health remains the only facility in the world dedicated exclusively to these disorders. Since 1998, U.S. News & World Report has ranked National Jewish Health the #1 respiratory hospital in the nation.

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