Hoopfest is a BIG event to say the least. Then you add our Spokane AAU League, our youth outreach program – Midnight Basketball Association (MBA) – and our building of community courts, and it becomes more than a full-time job, year-round. In order to pull off such amazing basketball experiences for our community, we need even BIGGER help. That’s when our volunteers come to play. Included is our Board of Directors, specifically Shelbie Rabe.
Born in Spokane, Shelbie and her husband decided that our glorious city was a great place to raise their 13-year-old daughter. Like many Spokanites, Shelbie and her family are very familiar with Hoopfest.
As an active board member – one who played and now watches her husband coach her daughter in basketball – Shelbie is entrenched with the fabulous sport on a year-round basis. Aside from a typical board member’s role of attending monthly meetings, Shelbie’s engagement encompasses: sorting out jerseys, helping check in coaches and monitors at Midnight Basketball, retrieving basketballs at the Hot Shot competition, supporting our AAU league at the All-Star games and assisting with Championship weekend. (Just typing all of that was exhausting!) And the best part… it’s not just Shelbie showing up, but her husband and daughter.
“I played in the co-ed division for 10 years, but now we participate as a family, working in the Nike store at the event and helping with MBA (Midnight Basketball Association) and AAU events,” Shelbie states.
Due to her dedication and contribution to the Hoopfest programs, we knew we needed someone like Shelbie on our team.
“I volunteered with Hoopfest’s Operating Committee for many years and six years ago was asked to join the Board,” remembers Shelbie, “I consider it a huge opportunity to give back to an organization that I enjoy so much.”
And boy, does she give back!
Shelbie Rabe and her family have found their niches here at Hoopfest by sharing one characteristic so many of us do: an undeniable love for basketball within our city limits.
“A few years ago,” Shelbie recalls, “We were running a beverage tent in front of Riverfront Park on Washington and Spokane Falls Blvd. My daughter was standing in a trough full of ice at the end of the day when she proudly stood up and said, ‘Mom! I just lost a tooth!’.”
Whether it be the largest 3-on-3 tournament in the world, MBA on a Saturday evening or a weekend full of AAU basketball, we can count on Shelbie and company to be there.
When asked to briefly describe her feelings in regards to her participation in Hoopfest, Shelbie smiled and proudly declared, “It’s been a blessing!”
But the true blessings are the volunteers, like the Rabe family, that help impact our community.
To learn more about Hoopfest’s other programs throughout the year and how you can get involved, visit www.spokanehoopfest.net.
If you are interested in volunteering at Hoopfest this summer, our volunteer registration is now open! Please visit www.spokanehoopfest.net/volunteer.