All the fun of an American basketball game is coming to Cromwell College gym.
Organiser and coach for Cromwell Miners Alex Moore wants to recreate the high-energy atmosphere he experienced while growing up in St. Louis in the US.
‘‘I’ve played basketball most of my life.’’
The aim is to raise money for Ronald McDonald House South Island.
It is a cause close to his own heart, as his family stayed at the house for about six months while his daughter was getting oncology treatment several years ago.
‘‘I’d really like to give back to Ronald McDonald House and the other charities that helped us.’’
The event will include a game between Cromwell Miners and Wanaka team the Ol’ Dirty Ballers, the Cromwell College Boys will play against Mount Aspiring College, and Cromwell College Girls will play against Wakatipu High School.
There will be live music, halftime entertainment and prizes to win including signed New Zealand Tall Blacks and Breakers uniforms, free passes to local tourist attractions and restaurant vouchers.
Mr Moore’s daughter was doing well now, and he wanted to give back to thank all the people who helped his family during a tough time, he said.
A member of the Wanaka basketball team had also benefited from Ronald McDonald House, spending nine months in the Auckland house with his family, Mr Moore said.
There were ‘‘amazing volunteers’’ who helped cook meals every night at the house.
‘‘You can really focus on the healing’’.
‘‘We are really grateful to them and would like to give back as much as we can.’’
The event takes place on Saturday August 17 from 5.30pm at Cromwell College gym.
For information, visit www.fb.com/cromwellminers.