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Oldham basketball teams reap benefits from hosting winter break tournaments

By Jason Stamm

Though Oldham County High School boys’ basketball coach Jason Holland had coached a game the night before and just finished coaching his team through a morning practice, he had one more thing to do before he could prepare for another game that night: laundry.

Not his own laundry, but laundry from the Pendleton County boys’ basketball team.

Laundry was a small price for Holland and his team to pay. They use the four-day Best In Hoops tournament as a fundraiser for the team. Girls’ teams at Oldham County and South Oldham High Schools also hosted holiday tournaments to raise money.

Typically, profits from games go to the host school’s general athletic fund. But all profits from the three Oldham tournaments went directly to the three teams because the teams organized the tournaments.

The Colonels used the first Best In Hoops tournament as a fund-raiser for its trip to the KSA Disney Tournament at Walt Disney World last week.

For the Best In Hoops tournament, Oldham County profited $6,269 after spending $4,440 on officials, T-shirts, awards, hospitality room food and drinks and four hotel rooms for Pendleton County. Holland said he offered to pay for four hotel rooms for each team but the other four teams in the tournament elected to commute for each game.

The Lady Dragons hosted a tournament for the second straight year to save money from traveling for tournaments and to raise money for team expenses.

The Lady Colonels used the first Vacations For Veterans Christmas Classic as a team fund-raiser and way to raise money for Vacations For Veterans, a non-profit organization that sends recently wounded military veterans on weeklong vacations. The Lady Colonels received the concession and ticket profits, and fans could make additional contributions to Vacations For Veterans.

Mullins said he got the idea from assistant coach Jeff Walton, a U.S. Army veteran who received the Purple Heart medal for his service in Iraq.

Mullins said plenty went into making the tournament possible, from recruiting sponsors and volunteers to stocking a hospitality room with donated food.

The only drawbacks are instanced in which he has to tend to small issues Mullins said, but to him, it’s worth it.
“When you’re in charge of every aspect, that’s the hardest part,” Mullins said.

Holland said hosting a tournament is hard work.

“It’s just about being a good host and treating them as best you can,” Holland said. “You want their kids to have a great time while at the tournament.”

Holland’s efforts made an impression on Pendleton County Coach Chad Simms.

“Coach Holland did a great job accommodating us and taking care of us,” he said. “It was certainly above what anybody else has done for us.”

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