GORHAM, Maine — The largest field of teams in the 18-year history of the Dr. Noel Paradise Memorial Swish-Out Childhood Cancer Challenge, presented by Maine’s credit unions, helped the event to set a new record by raising $28,149 for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program, according to organizers. The event took place Jan. 29, and featured three divisions, including the second annual Junior Swish-Out for Middle School students. The amount brings the tournament’s 18-year total to nearly $230,000.
The tournament field was comprised of 40 co-ed teams of adults from organizations, businesses and families from around southern, central and eastern Maine, and six co-ed teams of middle school students from towns across southern and western Maine.
On the court, V-Tec Learning Center of South Portland won the Elite Division championship, with Wright Express of South Portland, cPort Credit Union of Portland, Scarborough and Augusta, and CGI of Scarborough rounding out the top four. In the Just For Fun Division, K.L.R., in memory of Kristin Lynn Ready of Portland, beat out all other contenders to win the championship, with Simps and Bros. of Bath, 320ink of Cumberland and CTI of Falmouth the other top finishers in the division. The winner of Junior Swish-Out was the Oxford Hills Vikings, with Greely, Portland Saints and Portland B-Ballers completing the top four in that division.
In addition to the Maine Credit Union League, lead sponsors for this year’s event were Five County Credit Union, Walmart, Wright Express, CU Promise, Hannaford’s Supermarkets, Martin’s Point Health Care, National Semiconductor-Texas Instruments, Time Warner Cable, WPOR Radio and the University of Southern Maine Huskies. Other significant sponsors included Town & Country Federal Credit Union, Alpha Xi Delta, Casco Federal Credit Union, Cumberland County Federal Credit Union, Insurance Trust, Kohl’s, Sportsradio WJAB, The Portland Pirates, The Portland Sea Dogs, St. Clair Media Group and University Credit Union.
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