On September 21, 2011 seventy-five student-athletes from the New York City and Northern New Jersey communities participated in Gimme That™ Global’s and Anthony Morrow Charities first annual “Hoopin’ For Hope Hoop-A-Thon. “ The event took place on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken N.J. The night was full of competition, guest speakers, free food, drinks and great prize giveaways. WLPJ 95.5 rocked the arena with music and prizes providing an additional fun activity for all the hoop-a-thon participants. O.N.E Coconut Water provided the nutritional refreshments.
The evening was started by a grand entrance by Gimme That™ CEO Mike Nattis and NJ Nets Star Anthony Morrow. Morrow immediately addressed the crowd, thanking them for them for their attendance and support. He addressed the importance of his mission; to stress and spread the importance of education for young people in the community, and to strive for success on the hardwood and in the classroom. The Nets Star then kicked off the Hoop-A-Thon by participating with several students in a series of shooting contests. Everyone was a winner, walking away with awesome prizes from EFX, Chelsea Piers, Charles ST Paul Band, Rita’s Ices, and Ralphs Ices. The night was summed up by a quote by Gimme That’s CEO Mike Nattis. When asked, how do you gauge the success of this kind of event? Nattis answered, “Smiles; each and every person who came through those gym doors ,whether they participated, watched or listened was touched by Anthony’s lecture, and our mission to further education and the resources needed to do so.” He added, “Tonight was an awesome night.” The night concluded with more prize giveaways, and for all who attended a night to remember.