Habitat’s Youth United hosts fundraiser

The Youth United program of Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County recently sponsored “Hoops for Habitat,” a basketball scoring contest at the McGivney Community Center in Bridgeport, to raise money for the construction of a new, single-family home in the Bridgeport area.

Now in its fifth year, Hoops raised more than $5,000 for Youth United’s next construction project, as well as public awareness of Habitat’s efforts in providing safe, affordable homes for hard-working, low-income families in the area.

According to Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, it was a community event that featured the best aspects of Bridgeport, including an appearance by professional basketball alumni, participation by local high school teams, a performance by the Bridgeport Boys Choir, donations of food items and prizes from local families and businesses, and a visit by state Sens. Andres Ayala Jr.  and Anthony Musto to celebrate the work of habitat in the community.

In addition to a scoring contest by age group, the event featured a techniques clinic led by three Bridgeport natives and basketball stars:  Wes Matthews formerly of the LA Lakers; Chris Smith, all-time top scorer for UConn and a former player with the Minnesota Timberwolves; and All-American Walt Luckett of Kolbe Cathedral High School. In addition, Hoops included a scrimmage contest, which paired teams of five players ages 13 and up. This year, the scrimmage competition was expanded to include teams of adult men and women.

During a brief intermission at Hoops, representatives from the local State Farm Insurance office presented Youth United members with a $4,000 matching gift grant as well as an additional $1,000 bonus grant to use for repair work at another local family home.


Third home dedicated

Youth United, in cooperation with the Sacred Heart University Habitat chapter, completed its third home on Kossuth Street in Bridgeport, which was dedicated on May 17, at which time Youth United presented the keys to its new owners.

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