WESTFIELD, NJ — A basketball tournament being organized by two local youths will benefit the National Kidney Foundation and the Plainfield Area Humane Society.

Residents Jake Ben-Hayon, 13, and Ethan Selvers, 12, created the three-on-three tournament, “Hoop-It-Up For Humanity,” as a bar mitzvah project at Temple Emanu-El. It will be held at the Express Athletic Center in Edison Sunday, Oct. 13, from 10 – 1 p.m. The deadline to register is Oct. 9, organizers said.

Youths in grades 6 to 8 can enter as teams of up to four players, organizers said. The $40 per player fee gets participants a three game guarantee in the tournament, which will include divisions for sixth, seventh and eighth grades.

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“Animals have always been very important to me,” Ben-Hayon said. “It effects me when I hear about them getting hurt or them being neglected. They deserve to live a happy normal life and raising money for them can help them with that.”

Selvers said he chose the Kidney Foundation as a charity because many people in his family have suffered from kidney diseases.

“We chose to do a basketball tournament because we have always loved to play and watch basketball,” he said. “This seemed like something really fun to do.”

Joe Norton, director at the Express Athletic Center in Edison, donated court time for the fundraiser.

For more information and to register for the tournament, visit this link.

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