'Hooping' for the community

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 0 Comments

'Hooping' for the community
At a time of polarization when citizens constantly hold stubbornly to their own opinions and bias, it is often hard for them to come together. Rarely do they set those views aside to indulge in the light-hearted occasions, the joy of entertainment and community.  Sometimes, a little competition is a good thing and Miami Lakers know how to come together to cheer on their community.
For the second year in a row, The Town of Miami Lakes and the City of Doral competed in a community-based event that thrilled an audience filled with cheering residents. The Mayor’s Second Annual Basketball Classic Tournament stirred an excitement and friendly competition between two young, rival communities for a good cause.
“Miami Lakes and Doral have a close bond,” said Miami Lakes Mayor Manny Cid. “Both cities incorporated around the same time and we now will be competing for a good cause.” He also added that “Basketball is a good team sport and will be a great way to showcase the importance of teamwork to success of municipal governance.”
Barbara Goleman’s gym filled with fans, cheerleaders, high school bands and even Bernie, the beloved Miami Heat mascot.
“It’s about building community and about bringing people together for a great cause,” said Juan Carlos Bermudez, founding Mayor of the City of Doral. “Basketball just happens to be the way we’re bringing people together but it’s much more about community than basketball.”
This year, the community rallied behind Danny Quesada, a young man with cystic fibrosis, a chronic pulmonary illness that has no cure. Proceeds from the basketball game went to supporting his medical treatments.
“Danny is a fighter and he’s had to be all his life,” said Manny Quesada, Danny’s father. “He’s a major outdoorsman, he loves to fish, he loves to hunt he’s also a runner so even with his lung illness he was able to run cross country.”
The annual basketball tournament was fun and competitive but it also brought everyone together.
“It intertwines two sides of the neighborhood to work together, to be in each other’s backyard,” said Kerby Choute the head coach for the City of Doral basketball’s team.
The event, which featured talents from other schools like Goleman’s High school band and Miami Lakes K-8’s cheerleaders, was a night fit for community bonding. The smell of buttered popcorn and the selling of chips and soda attributed to the evening family feel that was well-deserved for those who carried a long weekend.
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