This year’s sold out event celebrates the 12th annual Hoops & Hoopla hosted at Infinity Park and presented by Greiner Electric to help support Morgridge Academy, a free school for chronically ill children that is located on the National Jewish Hospital campus.

Each year, Hoops & Hoopla highlights the NCAA Final Four Championships with arcade games, interactive sports games and a silent auction. There were plenty of interactive challenges to keep the 400 plus guests entertained. Not to mention six big screen projection TVs to cheer on the Final Four Championship teams.

Brian Parks, a former student of the Academy, provided the introduction. Jennifer McCullough, Principal of Morgridge Academy gave a brief keynote presentation acknowledging members of the leadership team, called “coaches” for their fundraising efforts in support of Morgridge Academy. Last year’s event raised more than $40,000. They are confident this year’s sold out event will meet and even exceed last year’s goal.

Additional coaches for the event were Denise Cito, CED; Peter Fox, Trautman & Shreve, Inc.; William Gregor, Mortenson Construction: Jerry Laflen, BKD LLP; Ashley Lyon, RJM Construction; Ward Mahanke, TST, Inc. of Denver; Tom Tarver, Greiner Electric, Ryan Wilson, GE Johnson Construction, and Kris Wintroub, Greiner Electric.

Morgridge Academy is a free day school for 90 chronically ill students in kindergarten through eighth grades. Its mission is to provide a safe, friendly and healthy school environment where students succeed academically, medically and socially.

The not-for-profit National Jewish Health is the nation’s leading respiratory hospital in the nation.