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‘Hoops For Hope’ — A fun family festival with a cause

By Staff | Jan 19, 2012

Clarissa Chun, Hawaii’s only wrestling Olympian, recently led a two-hour clinic for Lahainaluna High School wrestlers. A member of the 2008 Olympic wrestling team in Beijing, Chun won a world title in 2008 and is a former Pan Am gold medalist. The Roosevelt High School graduate from Honolulu is currently the top-ranked American at 48 kilograms (105 pounds). She hopes to compete in the 2012 London games. Chun currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as an athlete-in-residence at the Olympic Training Center. She will soon compete in an international competition in Mongolia.

KIHEI – The second annual “Hoops For Hope” event will take place on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Hope Chapel Church in Kihei.

“It will be a day totally packed with family fun,” said spokesman Ben Prangnell.

“We’ll have top-caliber basketball instruction and demonstration, food and live entertainment.”

The highlight will be a free performance by Joseph Odhiambo, annual performer at the NBA All-Star Game, Guinness world record holder and past performer with the Harlem Globetrotters.

“You have to see him to believe his incredible talent,” said Prangnell.

The festival is a celebration with a cause. Proceeds support the Kit Lauer Memorial Scholarship fund.

For information, call Wayne Seaman at (808) 344-8022.