NEW BRITAIN â€“ Itâ€™s not too late to hit the courts downtown Saturday during the sixth annual Hoops for Homeless basketball tournament to support homeless children and families.
Registration starts at 9 a.m., with the three-on-three tournament taking place downtown on the streets surrounding Central Park at 10 a.m.
The day will be filled with free food, lice entertainment and a visit from Jamelle Elliott, a member of championship-winning UConn womenâ€™s basketball teams and now the head coach at the University of Cincinnati.
Elliott will also be the guest speaker at a Hoops for Homeless Celebration and Lunch Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m.
About 50 teams from around the area made up of players from grade 4 to adult will vie for championship honors in their divisions. CCSU basketball players will officiate.
Students from CCSU, members of the Downtown District and other organizations support and organize the event.
Money raised during the event will go to city agencies and organizations that provide shelter and opportunities to homeless children and families, including the Friendship Center, the Prudence Crandall Center, the Boys and Girls Club of New Britain and the New Britain School Districtâ€™s Road to Recovery program.
Hoops For Homeless also awards an scholarship to a city student experiencing homelessness.
The fee for entering a team in the tournament is $50. The Sunday lunch with Elliott costs $20 and will be from 3 to 5 p.m. at Unity Lodge, 10 Mason Drive.