Shamrock Shootout uses basketball for charity

Mitchell Grogg

People with a love of basketball came from a variety of places to WKU’s campus this weekend for Kappa Delta’s 11th annual Shamrock Shootout.

The Shamrock Shootout raises money through team-entry fees and other donations for children’s charities. 80 percent of the proceeds go to Bowling Green’s Family Enrichment Center.

Louisville sophomore Natalie Koppel, who helped organize the event, said the other 20 percent goes to Kappa Delta’s national philanthropy.

Organizers this year hope to raise $24,000, Koppel said. Over the years, the event has brought in more than $80,000.

“It’s really worked for us, I mean, obviously, Kentucky’s a huge basketball state, and it’s just really been a hit,” she said.

The tournament had double elimination play on its first day, with a bracketed tournament on the second day.

With 11 years of history behind it, the Shootout had a few players competing who had been in the tournament from the first year, or close to it.

The captain of this year’s winning team could also be eligible for a perseverance award, if the event gave one. Eric Davie, of Cincinnati, has been playing in the Shamrock Shootout since the first year, he said.

“It’s been great,” he said after winning his fourth Shamrock Shootout. “They put on a great thing and to look at where they were to where they are now, it’s been a great step.”

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