Teen Cancer America celebrity ambassador Nolan Smith recently wrapped the second annual ‘Hoop-A-Thon’ in Durham at the Cameron Indoor Stadium, home of Duke basketball. Smith, who is the Director of Basketball Operations at Duke, was joined by several members of the current Duke Men’s and Women’s basketball teams as well as friend and former UNC star, Brice Johnson to shoot hoops, raise money and have fun.
Several local volunteers and survivors were also on hand to shoot hoops with the basketball players.
“Last year’s hoop-a-thon was at the Emily K Center which turned out to be an amazing event, so we had to step it up a little bit, so this year we brought it to Cameron Indoor Stadium,” said Smith.
Standout Duke players such as Zion Williamson was able to take a break from the action and share his experience. “I love it. You could feel the love from everybody here. Everybody had a great time!”
The event raised funds through Pledge It, a sports fundraising platform that allows athletes to raise money based on their performance. Overall, Teen Cancer America was able to raise nearly $22,000 from the event. Talks of a third Hoop-A-Thon have already been mentioned by Nolan Smith, who’s excited to see where he can take it next.
Many thanks to the sponsors of the event, French/West/Vaughan, First Citizens Bank, The Special Events Company, Enzo’s Pizza Co., and PDQ Chicken.