​As we’ve described in previous blog posts, many of our YOKE Folk know from experience how a weekend at YOKE Camp can change your life. Because of that, they work hard to get as many kids to camp as possible. Some of our teams have even come up with creative ideas for helping raise funds for camp scholarships, so that no kid gets left behind. To this end, our team at Halls Middle recently hosted the inaugural Halls YOKE 3v3 Basketball Tournament.
“Our team thought that having an actual event would not only help raise money, but would also get the Halls community involved,” explains Kyle Holland, one of the event’s organizers.
14 teams participated in the tournament, held March 3 at Halls High School. The team raised money through entry fees, concessions, and sponsorships. Nick Marshall (area director for YOKE’s urban schools), Thomas Davis, and Cleveland Davidson took top honors with their team “Ambition.” The tournament raised just over $700 in its first year, and the organizers are already looking to build on that success for next year.
“This basketball tournament was exciting and brought together many different people from different backgrounds,” said Matthew Brooks. “It was competitive, but centered around something greater – helping send kids to camp.”
“YOKE Camp is a special weekend that strengthens the bond between us and the kids that we serve,” said Holland. “Those relationships are the reason that we are a part of this amazing ministry.”
The Halls team would like to extend a special thanks to the sponsors who helped cover the cost of the event, including:
Clean Cut Grooming Lounge               Chick-Fil-A West Town Mall
Homestead Construction                    Durfee Financial Services

If you’d like to help send kids to camp, mail your gift to YOKE at P.O. Box 3492, Knoxville, TN 37927 or make a secure donation online by visiting our giving page