Full Court Peace: Free throw contest to benefit Stamford youth

Local basketball referee Josh Davis, sixth from the left, made 37 of 50 free throw shots and helped raise $8,000 for the Trailblazers Academy basketball program last year. The initiative was sponsored by RHS's Full Court Peace Club and returns to Yanity gym this weekend. In 2018, more than $10,000 was raised by shooting free throws. Also pictured, from left: Shane Gagliardi, Jason Hartnett, Derek Szpakowski, Yohann Britto (club president), Maya Peck, James Rush, Emmett O'Malley, Quentin Vergara. For more information on Full Court Peace, visit fullcourtpeace.org.
Local basketball referee Josh Davis, sixth from the left, made 37 of 50 free throw shots and helped raise $8,000 for the Trailblazers Academy basketball program last year. The initiative was sponsored by RHS’s Full Court Peace Club and returns to Yanity gym this weekend. In 2018, more than $10,000 was raised by shooting free throws. Also pictured, from left: Shane Gagliardi, Jason Hartnett, Derek Szpakowski, Yohann Britto (club president), Maya Peck, James Rush, Emmett O’Malley, Quentin Vergara. For more information on Full Court Peace, visit fullcourtpeace.org.

Boys and girls in fourth grade through senior year in high school are encouraged to come to Yanity gym in Ridgefield to shoot 50 free throws between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. Students who bring a pair of gently used basketball shoes (to be sent to Cuba) will five extra shot attempts.

Before the event, participants should ask friends and family for sponsorship for each shot they make out the 50 attempts. Kids should come with pledges written down and with email addresses of their sponsors.

100% of the proceeds will go to Trailblazers Academy Basketball Program, on the east side of Stamford. Winners of the contest – most money raised and most shots made – will receive prizes including gift certificates and shooting lessons.

Full Court Peace is a non-profit that uses basketball as a means of bringing together city and suburban youth, so as to lessen the communication gap that exists between those demographics here in Fairfield County.

For more information on the organization, and to obtain a sponsor form, visit fullcourtpeace.org or contact Mike Evans at mike@fullcourtpeace.org or 203-606-9549.