Annual “Hoops 4 Hope” legislative basketball game helps fight cancer
The annual "Hoops 4 Hope" charity basketball game pits members of the state Senate against the House of Representatives. The event has raised more than $120,000 since 2007. In 2014, the Senate Lobos beat the House Aggaies 26-24.
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State legislators will be taking a break from their Roundhouse debates to battle it out on the hardwood. The annual "Hoops 4 Hopes" basketball game is set for March 4 at the Santa Fe High School Gymnasium, 2100 Yucca St. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door or in advance in Room 134 of the State Capitol. All proceeds benefit the UNM Cancer Center.

“I’m here to help support the [UNM] Cancer Center,” says Sen. John C. Ryan (R – Bernalillo & Sandoval). “This charity event is fun. It raises a little bit of money. And any part I can play in that I’m happy — happy to do it.”

Instead of dividing along party lines, the legislature divides into the House “Aggies” and the Senate “Lobos” for the game. This division gives the legislators a chance to know people from the other party. Last year, in a surprise upset, the Senate Lobos narrowly beat the House Aggies, 26-24.

“The ‘Hoops 4 Hope’ event is fun for everyone involved, but it is also an important source of support for the UNM Cancer Center,” says Cheryl Willman, MD, UNM Cancer Center director and CEO. “The proceeds help us to deliver the cutting-edge, compassionate care that all New Mexicans deserve.”

The “Hoops for Hope” basketball game has been an important source of private donations for more than 15 years. Last year’s game raised almost $22,000, bringing the total amount the game has raised since 2007 to almost $125,000. For more information on the game, contact Billy Gupton at 505-730-0341.