ELIZABETH, NJ – Grova’s Oscar Grady Memorial Hoop Fest continued today at Miller-Evans Logan Recreation Center on First Street with Mayor Christian Bollwage and the program’s sponsor Councilman-at-Large Manny Grova handing out the trophies to players 8 to 10 years old.
The Hoop Fest, which began 10 years ago, is named in honor of Oscar Grady, a beloved community leader who lived on First Street. The program attracts 150 to 200 area children who are divided into three age brackets: 8 to 10; 11 to 13; and 14 to 17, who play from the end of May to the end of July.
“It helps to keep the kids off the street and gives them something to do in the summer in a safe place,” said Richard Perkins, of the city’s recreation department who administers the program.
The playoffs will continue next week for the 11 to 13 age group. The schedule if below:
Saturday, July 25
Game 1: Sport U vs. Grady’s Knights 11 a.m.
Game 2: Champagne Stars vs. Grova’s Stars 12 p.m.
Game 3: Bombers vs. Saints 1 p.m.
Game 4: Rebels vs. Sora Elites 2 p.m.
Wednesday, July 29
Game 5: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 4 6 p.m.
Game 6: Winner of Game 2 vs. Winner of Game 3 7 p.m.
Friday, July 31, Championship Game
Game 7: Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6 7 p.m.