PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Piscataway Chiefs’ Boys Basketball will be in tournament play against the Franklin High School Warriors in the “Hoops for Troops Basketball Classic" to raise money for military veterans.

This is the first year the tournament will be at FHS, and has been organized by Corey Floyd, the school’s basketball coach.

Eight basketball teams from New Jersey and New York will play at Somerset’s Franklin High School on Jan 30. The goal is to make this an annual event.

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According to the USA Basketball website, the Hoops for Troops program launched in 2006 and “is the global social responsibility program for USA Basketball that works to provide support for the United States military personnel and their families through programs, events and partnerships.”

The tournament is also being used to get the basketball teams and the community more involved in community service and giving back, as donations of non-perishable food items will be collected for the Franklin Township Food Bank.

The first game starts at 1 pm with Gladstone’s Gill St. Bernard’s tipping off against Bedford Academy of Brooklyn, NY.

At 3 pm Rutgers Prep plays Somerville High School, followed by St. Anthony’s of Jersey City vs. Prestige Academy of Linden tipping off at 5 pm.

The main event tips off at 7 p.m. with the Piscataway Chiefs taking on the Franklin Warriors.

Admission is $8, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to veterans’ groups. There is a $1 discount with the donation of a non-perishable food item for the Franklin Township Food Bank.