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Hoops for Humanity Basketball Tournament Benefits YCS Youth Program

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Paul Watterson and Gerry Cooney
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Boxing legend Gerry Cooney has been a mentor to kids in the YCS program for over a decade. Credits: John Mooney
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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- More than 60 players participated in the fourth annual Hoops for Humanity 3-on-3 basketball tournament sponsored by Nick's Pizza to benefit Youth Consultation Service (YCS) on Saturday, Nov. 25, at the Newmark School in Scotch Plains.

The money raised will go to YCS, an organization supported by Fanwood resident and boxing legend Gerry Cooney, who has taught boxing and life skills to the kids in the program for more than a decade. 

Registration fees from each team were donated to the program. The tournament champions were: Tommy Drubulis, Jake Friedman, Leo Ramos and Rob Watterson.

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YCS provides services to New Jersey families who have children with special needs. Some of the children at YCS group homes are separated from their loved ones and have been affected by trauma, others are affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities that adversely affect their behavior. Many families receive the intensive in-home and community support that enables them to stay together.

YCS has helped thousands of young people build healthier, happier, more hopeful lives. It provides educational and developmental opportunities for over 1,700 children each day, from birth to age 25 and serves a racially and ethnically diverse population. Learn more about YCS at www.ycs.org.

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