Fundraiser Hosted by “Mr. Perfect” Tom Browning

On Thursday night, January 29th, the Monroe HS Athletic Department and student organization (Team Inspire) will be sponsoring Hoops for Hope. The featured event will be Layups for Lauren to help raise money for Pediatric Cancer Research. Mount St. Joseph basketball player, Lauren Hill, who is courageously battling terminal brain cancer, has inspired similar events across the country.

Former Cincinnati Reds All-Star pitcher, Tom Browning, will host the event. Browning is best remembered for pitching a perfect game in 1988 and for helping the Reds win a World Series Championship in 1990. Joining him will be other special guests from the Hornet teaching staff and administration who have been competing for the chance to do layups during halftime of the varsity girls basketball game.

Team Inspire has set a goal to raise $500 during the event to be donated to The Cure Starts Now in memory of a Monroe student’s family member recently passing from brain cancer.  Come out and enjoy a great evening during the girls basketball game between SWBL rivals Monroe and Bellbrook and help raise money for a great cause. The varsity game begins at approximately 7:15 pm in the Monroe High School Gymnasium – 220 Yankee Rd. Monroe, OH 45050. General admission tickets are $6.00 at the door and donations will be accepted.

In 2014, inspired by the courage of Lauren Hill, two Monroe High School students helped arrange for the school to be one of six high schools and hundreds of colleges to donate a #22 basketball jersey to help raise funds for the Cure Starts Now Foundation. The foundation focuses on finding a “home run cure” for all cancers. Sophomores Jillian Taylor and Samantha Blackburn lead efforts for the Monroe Jr/Sr High School and community to collect over $1,000 in donations to win an auction for a Monroe Hornet Jersey signed by Lauren Hill for the Cure Starts Now Foundation. The signed #22 jersey will be presented back to the Monroe school and community Thursday night at the game.

The Hornets winning auction amount of $1,034.28 was the second highest bid of the 371 item auction to the $1,100 for a University of Kentucky Wildcats #22 basketball jersey.

For more information about the event, please call 513 539-8471.