Did you know that Spokane Hoopfest is a year-round organization, not only focused on pulling off the largest 3on3 tournament in the world every June, but on giving back to the community? Ignite Basketball Association, IBA (formerly known as Midnight Basketball Association) is our community- and school-based outreach program that offers a safe, constructive alternative for area youth in grades 6, 7 and 8. The goal is to strengthen participants’ character, self-esteem and discipline so they are better equipped and prepared for the challenges of their teen years and beyond. This youth basketball program targets the population within the central urban neighborhood of Spokane’s School District No. 81. While basketball is the foundation of this league, the motivational workshops and recreational activity are also crucial elements.
In addition to Spokane Hoopfest, support for this league comes from the Eric Fox Memorial Fund.
In July 2014, the Fox family suffered a tremendous loss in losing a husband and father, Eric. It is now the family’s desire to maintain a fund to benefit the Ignite Basketball Association in Eric’s memory.
Fox was a Gonzaga University alumnus who was a control engineer and co-owner at Applied Solutions in Spokane. He was active in the lives of his boys and coached both youth basketball and baseball. Additionally, Fox refereed high school basketball games in the area for 20 years and was a member of the Washington Officials Association.
He left behind a family, a love for the game of basketball and a legacy of community contribution. Thus, the Fox family has selected to start a new fund, the Eric Fox Memorial Fund, which is to benefit the Ignite Basketball Association, a community- and school-based outreach program of Spokane Hoopfest Association and Spokane AAU Basketball Club that offers a safe, constructive alternative for area youth. Until this point, the league has been unable to fund paychecks for referees who work on behalf of IBA; the Fox fund will make this possible. Any additional monies will also benefit the larger IBA organization.
To donate to the Eric Fox Memorial Fund, please:
1) Make out a check to Spokane Hoopfest Association
2) Send it to:
421 W. Riverside, Suite 115
Spokane, WA 99201
…or contact the office at (509) 624-2414.
Spokane Hoopfest Association is a Washington non-profit corporation and tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.