Sunday might have been Mother’s Day, but for the hundreds of folks who traveled to Juniata College for a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, it was a day of camaraderie and a chance to give back, all while remembering two great guys who made Huntingdon a better place to call home.
Over 40 teams, with players ranging in age from elementary school to adults, took part in the Hoops for Heavenly Heroes tournament to benefit the families of the late Peter Rubincam, a former volunteer volleyball coach at Huntingdon Area Middle School who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in January, and the late Dave Aurand, a graduate of Huntingdon Area High School who worked as equipment manager at Juniata College and unexpectedly passed away in March.
Not only did players turn out for the event, but their dads, moms, grandparents, siblings and community members who came to show their support for the cause.
The families of Mr. Rubincam and Mr. Aurand also took part in the day.
“We had tremendous support,” said charity tournament director Jeremy Uhrich. “It makes you feel good that we live in a community that cares.”
While donations are still rolling in and numbers are being tallied, Uhrich expects both families to benefit from a sizable donation.
While he’s thankful for the support from the participants and spectators, he’s also thankful for the dozens of volunteers who helped make Sunday a success.
“I had a lot of volunteers who served as referees and scorekeepers,” said Uhrich, noting others helped out at the concession stand and with registration. “I want to thank and give credit to those who came out to help and to Juniata College for allowing us to hold the event there.”
Uhrich said the tournament was very well represented from the Juniata College and Huntingdon communities. Teams came from Huntingdon, Juniata Valley, Tussey Mountain and Southern Huntingdon County school districts, as well as State College, Bellefonte, Chestnut Ridge and Johnstown.
“It reaches beyond the county because people know it’s helping someone else,” he said.
With everyone working towards the same goal Sunday, Uhrich said he was reminded of the individuals the event memorialized.
“So many people came together to give of their time and I couldn’t have done it without their help,” he said. “They are selfless individuals, just like Peter and Dave were. They gave so much of their time to help others.”
Uhrich said the day ran smoothly and he was pleased to see the Juniata College parking lot filled, even on Mother’s Day.
Saturday was an exciting day for local driver Jeff Miller. He won his first 410 feature at Port Royal Speedway. This was just his fifth time in the car. Jeff started racing go-karts at age 5 and said this is what he’s always wanted to do. Way to go, Jeff! Congratulations!
Mark your calendar for the annual Stone Valley Community Charter School Carnival on the school grounds at 13006 Greenwood Road, Huntingdon, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18. The event will feature good old-fashioned fun for all ages, including music, carnival games, food, treats, a silent auction, concessions and a petting zoo. There will also be students and favorite local musicians performing throughout the day.
Also, the Friends of the Woods are hosting a “Tea & Hat” event at the Westminster Woods Dining Room from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 18. There will be tea and light refreshments and a hat fashion show. Tickets are $10 and are still available by calling 641-7471.
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