Hoops in the Highlands – The Week After – Lost & Found, Shirts & Merchandise for Sale, Best Team Names, & Our Thanks!

Hoops in the Highlands 2018 in the books!


Everyone out there braved the coldest weather ever for Hoops!  We have some massive thank you’s to our committee and sponsors.  We couldn’t have done this without you!  http://hoopsinthehighlands.net/2018-info/


We have our highly coveted dry-fit t-shirts, Hoops decals and basketball squishies for sale through 4/30.  Just click here for the details.  https://lhjrpta.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/6271206  We will deliver locally!


We have many items found at the event.  Those photos are on our Facebook page and include Yeti’s, basketballs, folding chairs (and several covers), clothing, hats, gloves, water bottles, coats, and more.  Don’t have Facebook?  Just send us a message if you’ve lost something!  We will donate all that is not claimed soon.   Facebook:  @Hoopsinthehighlands   Email:  hoopsinthehighlands@gmail.com


Hoops Raffle Fire Sale! Camp Gladiator 4 Week Camp Gift Certificate. Expires 5/22/18, not valid for current campers. First people to email Hoopsinthehighlands@gmail.com with a commitment to pay $10 wins. Must arrange to pay by this next Friday the 20th, we will arrange for certificate delivery. 


The Hoops Committee voted on “Best Team Name” and awarded two winners! Congratulations to “We’re Just Here For The Chick Fil-A” from LHJH/Covenant and “Cookies and Kareem!” from St. Mark’s & WRE. Team members will receive a Hoops in the Highlands medal. Enjoy reading these other top team names below, they are great!


Hoops in the past has awarded a Best Uniform award as well, but since everyone was so bundled up, we couldn’t see them to judge!


Top Names


Thank you for supporting our schools!  See you on the courts in 2019!


Your 2018 Chairs,
Tara & Kevin Hickman
Merilee & Andy Biancardi

Hoops 2018 Brackets and Information

Hello Hoops Participants!

Click here for brackets and rules for next Saturday, April 7th.  You can access both on our website and we will have a hard copy of the rules for coaches and parents, along with a map of the courts in their packets.

Some key notes –

  • Packet Pickup is Friday, April 6th at Highland Oaks Church of Christ (10805 Walnut Hill Ln, Dallas, TX 75238) from 3 pm – 7 pm.  Bahama Bucks will have their snow cone truck there for us and 20% of the proceeds will go towards our cause.  Open to the public.  Thanks Bahama Bucks!
  • All games will be 15 minutes for all grades. There will not be any time outs.
  • We will have two courts (#5 and #15) where all of the championship games will be played. Pool play will decide standings for the bracket play.
  • There will be food available for purchase throughout the day from Chick-fil-A, Mariano’s, and Andy’s.  As well as Dr.Pepper/Snapple drinks and water, candy, popsicles and snacks.
  • There are plenty of ways to stay entertained throughout the day with performances, the Hoops Shoot free throw contest, raffle ticket drawings with fantastic prizes, sponsor tables, kids activities, and of course all the great teams to watch.
  • If you want to be a part of the Hoops in the Highlands Volunteer Team, the sign up link is here.  There should be slots available around your kids’ schedule so you don’t have to miss them play.
  • Please follow us on facebook and twitter if you aren’t already so you won’t miss out on the latest announcements and posts.

Lastly, please note for Saturday that you can also enter the HOCC campus from Estate Lane (parallel to the LBJ service road) where there is access to parking as well.

We look forward to seeing everyone out there!

Merilee & Andy Biancardi
Kevin & Tara Hickman
Hoops in the Highlands 2018 Co-chairs

Hoops Registration Deadline Extended + Volunteer News!

Hoops in the Highlands is just 15 days away!  There is still time to register your teams, and we have decided to extend registration through the weekend until midnight Sunday, March 25th.


Brackets will be built as soon as registration closes and they will be emailed and posted on the Hoops website.  Look for these early next week.


Hoops would not a success without our volunteers!  Below is the link to the sign up for volunteering.  Once you receive your schedule next week, please help out by signing up for a scorekeeper slot or help out with concessions!


The Hoops Shoot free throw contest is back!  This is open to anyone of any age, and you do not need to be registered to play.


We will have food for purchase from Mariano’s, Chick Fil-A & others.  There will be be plenty of snacks, candy, popsicles & even Andy’s Custard “Minis”.  There will be decals & squishies for sale, entertainment,  and an incredible raffle!  If you would like to win a Dallas Maverick’s team autographed basketball, we have one in the raffle!   You do not need to be present to win.


Sign up your team today!



Volunteer Link:  Event day volunteers


Help with Concession Supplies here:  Hoops Concessions Sign Up


Packet Pickup is Friday, April 6th from 3-7p at Highland Oaks Church of Christ.  Bahama Bucks will be there selling their fabulous snowcones!


Hoops Packet Pickup Information – Friday, April 6th

Hoops Packet Pickup Change – FRIDAY 4/6/18!
Due to logistical circumstances beyond our control, team packet pickup is moving to Friday, April 6th from 3-7p. (This was previously noted to be Thursday).  We hope that the 4 hour window for pickup can help accommodate everyone’s busy schedule. 

Great news!  Bring your family and friends to packet pickup and treat yourselves to Bahama Bucks snow cones!  Bahama Bucks will bring their truck & trailer out for the duration of packet pickup, with 20% of proceeds going back to Hoops. Thank you, Bahama Bucks!  
Don’t wait until it’s too late!  Brackets are filling up – register your team TODAY!
Hoops in the Highlands is just 5 weeks away!   On time registration ends MARCH 15th!!

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2018 Registration is Open!

Registration for Hoops in the Highlands 2018 is officially OPEN! Early reg is $100 per team and closes on 3/15. Get your teams registered! Click the “2018 Registration is Open” button on our website home page at www.hoopsinthehighlands.net. Email questions to hoopsinthehighlands@gmail.com. Event is Saturday, April 7th at Highland Oaks Church of Christ.

Don’t forget to eat at Grub Burger to Support HOOPS! .  For the whole month of February Grub Burger Bar will be hosting a spirit month for Hoops in the Highlands.  If and when you eat there, please let them know you are there for Hoops so the proceeds can go directly back to our schools.  Thank you Grub!! (4925 Greenville Ave)

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2018 Hoops in the Highlands News!

Greetings from Hoops in the Highlands!

The date is set for our 15th annual tournament.  Please mark your calendars for Saturday, April 7, 2018.  There are a couple of changes this year we wanted you to know about.  First, we will now have a bracket for kindergarten teams, boys and girls.  Second, a new incentive for sponsors – if you or your company with give a cash donation of $500 or more, you will receive one free team registration.  Please email hoopssponsorship@gmail.com for more information.  Lastly, and perhaps the best news, Thurgood Marshall Elementary will be joining our efforts and will also receive a portion of the proceeds from the fundraiser along with the other 4 participating feeder schools of LHJH.  Welcome to the Hoops team Thurgood!

Upcoming Dates 
Registration will be open February 5th stay tuned for more information on that.  And also for the whole month of February Grub Burger Bar will be hosting a spirit month for Hoops in the Highlands.  If and when you eat there, please let them know you are there for Hoops so the proceeds can go directly back to our schools.  Thank you Grub!!

Please find us on facebook and twitter, visit our website hoopsinthehighlands.net and email us with any questions at hoopsinthehighlands@gmail.com

We are looking forward to a great tournament!

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Green Dallas – Lake Highlands Schools Get Creative to Recycle at HOOPS

Hoops in the Highlands was recently featured on www.GreenDallas.net!  Read the whole article below, and visit this City of Dallas website here:  http://greendallas.net/2017/04/05/lake-highlands-junior-high-get-creative-recycle-hoops/    A huge “Thank You” to Cindy Engel for spearheading this initiative for Hoops this year!


Contamination Frustration

Every year, Lake Highlands Junior High School and feeder elementary schools host a huge 3-on-3 basketball tournament called “HOOPS in the Highlands” to raise funds for their local PTAs.

When there are concessions and water bottles for 764 players and their families, a lot of waste is generated. Past attempts to recycle were frustrated by attendees dumping items in the wrong bins – imagine water bottles covered in cheesy nachos.

The Strategy

This year, the event organizers placed recycling bins next to all garbage bins and ensured that they were all clearly marked with appropriate labels. They also added lids with holes to the recycling bins. These strategies helped minimize the amount of trash that went into the recycling bins.

High winds created an issue in the afternoon with bags blowing around and bins tipping over. They have decided that next year, they will use binder clips to keep the bags pinned to the top of the bins, and place bricks in the bottom of the bins to help keep them from blowing over. These easy and creative solutions will help keep their games clean and reduce waste.

Successful Collection

At the end of the HOOPS tournament, about a dozen oversized bags with cans, bottles, and other recyclables were taken to the City of Dallas’ blue recycling dumpster at the junior high instead of ending up in a landfill. Over a dozen medium and large boxes were flattened and recycled. Most of the trash and recycling bins were in good enough shape to store for reuse next year.

Recycle near you!

Recycling can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Remember, the City of Dallas has community recycling drop-off locations around the city to make it easier for our residents who don’t have access to roll carts.


Hoops 2017 is in the books! Info & Hoops T-Shirts For Sale!

We will start with a massive THANK YOU to everyone that came out on Saturday.  We can’t thank our sponsors and volunteers enough.  And our participants sure gave us some great competition to watch. Thank goodness those showers held off for us.

We have a few more details for you –

  • Lost and Found – we have lots of basketballs, water bottles, player bags, and even a pair of prescription glasses among many other things that we found.  Please email hoopsinthehighlands@gmail.com if you are missing something.
  • We are going to order more t-shirts to sell.  Adult and youth sizes.  Please click here if you would like to order.  The shirts are $10 each + tax.  Please note, the adult sizes run large.
  • We want your ideas and suggestions regarding the event.  While it’s fresh on your minds, please don’t hesitate to send us an email to hoopsinthehighlands@gmail.com with anything you want to say. We can also answer your questions about being a sponsor, volunteering, rules, etc..
  • Don’t forget to visit our website.  We have posted the championship pictures and have lots more photos coming from our awesome volunteer photographers.  Please follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

Your HITH 2017 Co-Chairs,
Merilee & Andy Biancardi
Kevin & Tara Hickman

Hoops Packet Pickup TODAY – Friday, March 31st 3pm – 7pm

Hoops in the Highlands team packet pickup is today,  Friday, March 31st from 3-7pm at Highland Oaks Church of Christ, address below.

All Northlake Players — Coach Barr will have your bags at Northlake!

Highland Oaks Church of Christ.  
10805 Walnut Hill Lane
Dallas, TX  75238

Pick up is in the church’s Fellowship Hall.  Enter on the far west side of the church.  Look for the balloons!  We will be at Entrance C, which faces the parking garage across the parking lot.

We will have a handful of t-shirts for sale, mostly YMs & YLs ($10), and you can also buy raffle tickets!

Feel free to pick up your friend’s or neighbor’s packet!

Hoops Basketball Goals Need A Home!

Back in January, we were informed that the old shopping center in Lake Highlands where our Hoops basketball goals were being stored for free was going to be torn down.  We had to remove the goals, bracket boards, etc into temporary storage (our backyards!) until this weekend.  We have not been able to find a facility to house these goals for free, and it hurts us to have to pay for storage out of the disbursement funds that go to WRE, WE, NLE & LHJH schools.  This is probably going to be about $1,200/year.

So, we are asking our loyal fans if anyone has a large storage space that can house 19 full size goals (they lay down nicely and don’t have water in them), 5 4×8 bracket boards, 2 small basketball goals, and about 60 sand/concrete bags at no charge.

If you can help, please email us at hoopsinthehighlands@gmail.com

Thank you for supporting HOOPS!