The 18th annual North Central Missouri College Foundation sponsored High School Holiday Hoops is returning in late December. The schedule of games will be released soon. Eighty teams will be representing 44 Missouri and Iowa high schools, with games beginning on Saturday, December 17th and wrapping up on Friday, December 30th, all in the Ketcham Community Center gymnasium.
The 10-day event will include a couple of first-time schools to the event on the NCMC campus in Trenton. For the first time in Holiday Hoops history, Ewing Marion Kauffman School of Kansas City, the North Missouri Knights, Wellsville-Middletown, and Waukee Northwest High School of Iowa will be among the participating institutions.
Volunteers will assist the 16-member steering committee in managing the event, with forty-six basketball games planned.
A commemorative program highlighting all participating teams and supporters will be available for purchase, as well as t-shirts. Each participating players receives a complimentary t-shirt. Raffle ticket proceeds will benefit a Holiday Hoops player with a scholarship to attend NCMC in the fall 2023 semester. Admission to a single game day for adults will be $5.00 with students and senior citizens (65 and older) costing $3.00.
Holiday Hoops committee members are Allen Berry, Chad Boyd, John Cowling, Mitch Dougan, Alicia Endicott, Jeremy Esry, Nathan Gamet, Kanna Helton, Mitch Holder, Joel Hultmann, Lucas Lewis, Wade Peters, Abby Richman, Daniel Savage, Scott Wilson, and Tom Witten.