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March 18, 2014

Brofee Scholarship events more than just hoops

DANVILLE — People who aren’t basketball players can support the Anthony J. Brofee Memorial Scholarship in another way at a new fundraising event this year.

Hip Hop for Hope will be held the same day as the 3-on-3 basketball tournament which benefits the scholarship.

From 9 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. Saturday, Hidi Horikoshi, of Fitness Hidious, will offer Hip Hop for Hope for $10 per person. He is pursuing his master’s degree in secondary school counseling at Bloomsburg University. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in human communications and certifications including Zumba and BodyJam.

Registration isn’t required, according to Patricia Patterson, fiancée of Jeff Brofee, Anthony’s father.

“Hidi is a local young man with a huge heart. Hidi has chosen 3 hours and 5 minutes because he wants to accomplish in his lifetime to run the prestigious Boston Marathon and qualifying time for a person his age is 3 hours and 5 minutes,” Patterson said.

“Instead of running that amount of time that day, he is going to dance it away,” she said of Horikoshi, an instructor at the Karen Gronsky School of Dance where the hip hop event will be held at 122 Center St.

Horikoshi will also play on a team during the basketball tournament.  

The 3-on-3 benefit basketball tournament starts at 12:30 p.m. the same day in the Danville High School gym.

So far, Rita’s of Danville, Old Forge Brewing Co. and The Hilltop have contributed.

Last year, tournament proceeds resulted in the presentation of two $1,000 scholarships to 2013 Danville High School graduates.

Patterson said last year was the first year they moved the tournament to the high school gym after outgrowing the Danville Area Community Center. Because of the response, they were able to present two scholarships.

The memorial scholarship began in 2010.

Brofee, a 2008 Danville graduate, died in a traffic accident Dec. 19, 2009, in Bloomsburg, days before he turned 20.

An Army reservist, he worked as an operating room specialist and was enrolled to study nursing at Bloomsburg University. He is also the son of Kim Brofee, of Maryland.

The basketball tournament, in its fifth year, includes three brackets — sixth through eighth grades, ninth grade to age 35 and 35 years and older.

The cost is $5 per player. Cash or checks should be made payable to the scholarship and sent to Brofee’s dad, Jeff Brofee, at 2508 Bloom Road, Danville.

Playing time for youth is 12:30 p.m., 35 and older take to the court at 2:30 p.m. and ninth grade to age 35 play at 4:30 p.m.

For information about the tournament, call Brofee at 570-854-9091 or Seth Conrad at 570-951-2162.

Donations, with checks made payable to the scholarship, can be made at Service 1st Federal Credit Union, 1207 Bloom St.

Email comments to kblackledge@thedanvillenews.com.

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