The Elmwood Village Farmers Market will host the third annual Buffalo Hoopathon on Saturday.
Hoops of all sizes will be at hand and those who have their own are encouraged to bring them from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to the market at the Elmwood Avenue at Bidwell Parkway.
A hoops endurance contest starts at 10 a.m. in three divisions: adult (18 and over), young adult (13-17), and child (12 and under). A Noco gas card, Elmwood Village shopping spree and kid’s Ultra Hoops birthday party will be among prizes. Participants pay a small entry fee, $5 to $7, and proceeds will benefit the Buffalo Infringement Festival. This is an endurance contest so remember to drink plenty of water and plan on moving for a few hours if you’re playing to win.
The Hoopathon started as a way to bring people together, encourage them to be to be active and creative, all while raising money for a good cause. The inaugural Hoopathon was held at Campbell Student Union at SUNY Buffalo State College in 2014. Hundreds of hoopers came to play fun games and see performances from local hoopers, dancers, and drummers. The money raised from participants was donated to Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Hoopathon organizer Melissa Campbell also gave 110 hoops to the Buffalo public schools in collaboration with The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo.
The second annual Hoopathon was part of The Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival and helped raise funds for the stewardship of the cherry trees in Delaware Park.