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Southwestern Adventist University Welcomes Largest Group of Teams for 23rd Hoops Classic

southwestern-adventist-university-hoops-classicSouthwestern Adventist University hosted the 23rd annual Hoops Classic this weekend. The largest basketball tournament in the North American Division, the event accommodated 56 teams from 30 schools from across the United States.

“This year had the most number of teams to ever play at Hoops Classic,” said James The, Vice President for Student Services. “Having these students come and play at Southwestern creates a nice energetic atmosphere on campus.”

The event is intended not only to stimulate students athletically, but also give students a chance to learn more about God in a supportive Christian environment and develop life-long friendships. Every year, the festival draws participants and their supporters to the university from all across the U.S., allowing old friends to reconnect and new friendships to form. Many of the visiting students leave each year with fond memories of the event.
 
“Hoops Classic gives you a chance to interact with other people and it’s a chance to bond as a team and have fun,” said Krista Hanson, a ninth grader from Ozark Academy in Arkansas.

While playing hoops is the main attraction, Southwestern students and faculty make sure to provide spiritually-themed opportunities for the guests to enjoy, including music, skits, testimonies, and more.

Cassidy from West Lake Academy in Dallas said, “There is a good level of competition and a friendly Christian atmosphere here and I really like that. Since we aren’t a Christian school, it teaches us more about God, plus there are tons of students from all over that we can meet.”

— Darcy Force, Southwestern Adventist University