RANDOLPH, NJ- With youth basketball in full swing at all levels here in the township, the Randolph Boys Basketball Committee is pleased to offer for sale it's annual Hoops Card; a savings "club" card that offers excellent discounts to local restaurants and other fine establishments. Over the past 24 years, the proceeds from the fundraising card has resulted in approximately $155,000 of facility improvements and upgrades to the basketball program here in town. This year the Boys Basketball Committee will help fund improvements to the Freedom Park basketball courts.
The price of the Hoops Card is $15 but the savings can translate into hundreds of dollars throughout the year. A win/win for everyone. To see a listing of the 20 merchants and their offerings for 2017 or to purchase a Hoops Card visit the boys basketball website at www.randolphhoops.org or contact any coach in the rec/travel basketball program. Don't delay as the Boys Basketball Committee anticipates its cards to be all sold by the end of January.
The origin of the Hoops Card dates back to 1994 and was started by Jim Behrmann and Chris Minihane as a means to raise money for the basketball program. At that time, according to Behrmann, Randolph did not charge families to participate in recreational sports. We needed the funds to upgrade the facilities and the Hoops Card was the most successful fundraiser the town had ever seen.
Every school benefited from the Boys Basketball Program as the funds collected purchased upgrades for almost every gym in town, from the scoreboards at all four elementary schools and Middle School, to the glass backboards at Fernbrook, to the lighting at the Middle School, the bleachers in the RMS Aux gym, fences at the Brundage Carrell courts, lighting at Freedom Park, padding at Shongum, etc. Just a few of the upgrades, says Minihane, but it was all stuff that could not be done in the school budgets alone.
The two fathers ran the 2nd and 3rd grade boys clinics for years and contributed over two decades of their time to help build the program to what it is today. The Boys Basketball Program, run through the Randolph Recreation Department, has approximately 750 participants this season and offers two levels of play; Rec for grades 2-12 and Travel for grades 4-8.
The success of the Hoops Card would not be possible without the support of the many merchants that advertise their savings each and every year. Many of the merchants have been with the program since the beginning and have found it to be an outstanding marketing opportunity and a means to get to know the residents in town.