MORRISTOWN, NJ - Recently Unity Charter School held their 8th annual Hoopla Event.  Hoopla is a basketball game played between eighth graders and faculty.  A game that started with eighteen individuals in a YMCA gymnasium in Springfield, Massachusetts, has grown into a game that more than 300 million people play worldwide.  At Unity Charter School, it has become a classic.  The game was attended by over 300 fans.  Parents, families, friends, and alumni all came out to support the eighth graders, as well as the faculty.   

The game has always been an opportunity for students to bond with each other and faculty.  This year it was also an opportunity for students to show off some of their newly developed skills, after finishing their first middle school basketball season.  The teachers knew they were in for a competitive match when the students began running lay-up and free-throw drills, prior to the start of the game.  The eighth graders played an impressive man to man half-court defense and easy shots were not optional for the faculty.  At the end of the night victory was theirs. 

The half-time show didn’t disappoint.  A carefully choreographed freestyle song, which was taught to the students by one of the parents, Samantha Robinson, certainly impressed the crowds.    The dance crew was energetic and synchronized.  There were cartwheels and somersaults.  There were cheers and smiles. 

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Building a strong commUnity has always been important at Unity Charter School.  Hoopla is one of many family events but it has truly become a legacy event. 


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