Hoops & Hoopla was the perfect way for any basketball fan to watch the Final Four.  The Infinity Park Event Center featured 1600 square feet of monster screens for the Men’s NCAA Basketball Semifinals.  Guests watched both games, Villanova vs. Oklahoma followed by North Carolina vs. Syracuse, on full room wrap-around screens.  There were unobstructed views of the game no matter where you were in the room.

Presenting Sponsor Greiner Electric raised $60,000 for the event and received the annual MVP trophy.  Greiner Electric has been the title sponsor for ten years.  Tom Tarver, Business Development Director, Greiner Electric, was one of the ten Hoops & Hoopla 2016 coaches who worked hard to make this event a success.  “We look forward to sponsoring this event every year.  It’s very important, especially for the kids (at Morgridge Academy)” said Tom Tarver.  The 2016 Hoops & Hoopla coaches were Denise Cito (CED), Patrick Fairfield (UMB Bank), Peter Fox (Trautman & Shreve, Inc.), Craig Gallogly (CED), William Gregor (Mortenson Construction), Jerry Laflen (BKD, LLP), Elliot Rosenberg, Tom Tarver (Greiner Electric), Ryan Wilson (GE Johnson Construction Company), and Kris Wintroub (Greiner Electric).

450 guests enjoyed a gourmet buffet and open bar.  Forty items were up for bid in the silent auction including: a retreat to Mexico, a first-class ticket with United Airlines, best of Denver experience, tickets the Nuggets, Rockies, and Avalanche games and many more.  When they were’t watching the Final Four games, guests took part in activities including basketball pop-a-shot, air hockey, and arcade games.

The 2016 HOOPS & Hoopla benefits Morgridge Academy for chronically ill children on the campus of National Jewish Health in Denver.

  • Morgridge Academy is a unique, day school program for approximately 90 students in grades K-8 who require medical assistance during the normal school day. The school is approved by the Colorado Department of Education and is located on the grounds of National Jewish Health in Denver. Children who attend the school have medical problems, which have caused frequent absences from regular school.
  • The children at Morgridge Academy suffer from serious respiratory diseases, including asthma. Others have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, sickle cell anemia and heart problems. Because of their serious illnesses, these children require immediate access to medical attention. The majority of the children are from low-income and minority neighborhoods in Denver’s inner city.

For more information visit njhealth.org