Grand Prize winners announced for National Free-Throw Competition!

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

TORONTO, June 9 – The third annual ‘Hooping It Up with Best Buddies’ free throw competitions took place during the months of March and April with 75 schools from across Canada participating to benefit students with intellectual disabilities. For just a $2 entry donation, thousands of students gathered together in gymnasiums across the country to help promote inclusion and friendship for everybody, while shooting as many baskets as possible in 60 seconds.

Over 3000 students competed for the title and grand prize, raising $10,000 for Best Buddies programs in their schools and helping to raise awareness about the national friendship program that helps to create friendships between people with and without intellectual disabilities.

Competitors had the opportunity to win one of three National Grand Prizes of $500, awarded to the top shooter in each of the three student categories: Top Buddy, Top Male and Top Female.

Best Buddies Canada is very excited to announce the winners of the National Grand Prizes for 2014:

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  • Top Female – Claire Fenton with 27 baskets from St. Lawrence College, Kingston, ON
  • Top Buddy – Johnny Youskow with 16 baskets from Glencoe District HS, Glencoe, ON
  • Top Male – Tyler Brown with 36 baskets from Cardinal Newman CSS, Hamilton, ON

“We were thrilled to have so many schools participate in Hooping It Up this year, promoting inclusion within their school and community. Next year, we hope to have even more schools join in on this fun and unique fundraiser,” announced Steven Pinnock, Executive Director of Best Buddies Canada.

Best Buddies, celebrating 20 years in Canada, is a national charitable organization dedicated to enhancing our communities through one-to-one friendships between people with intellectual disabilities and students. With over 300 elementary schools, high schools, universities, and colleges operating the program, Best Buddies, impacts thousands of people and communities across Canada through friendship, empathy, and inclusion.

For more information about Best Buddies Canada or this event, contact Jocelyn Lozon at 416.531.0003 via email at

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