GREENCASTLE--The Putnam County Red Cross will be the recipient of funds raised at this year's Rebound for Red Basketball Tourney for Putnam County emergency personnel on March 26 and 27.
Sponsored by Goodtimers Inc., the basketball tourney will be held at Greencastle High School's McAnally Center.
It is open to all Putnam County Emergency Service personnel. Players must be active members of the department for which they are participating. The cost is $100 per team.
The first game starts March 26 at 5 p.m. Players will return to the court at 8 a.m. Saturday and will continue until a winner is crowned. There will also be a three-point contest on Saturday.
The winning team will be awarded a traveling trophy. There will also trophies for first, second and third place winners.
The event is open to the public to watch at no cost. Just bring a canned good item to be donated to the Putnam County Food Pantry.
A portion of all proceeds will go to the Putnam County Red Cross.
There will also be T-shirts available for $12, with the proceeds going to the Emergency Services fund.
Concessions are available.
Goodtimers Inc. is the brainchild of Greencastle police officer Ed Wilson and Greencastle firefighter Bob Campbell.
"Bob and I first thought of the idea of putting together sporting events and using the funds we raise from them to aid and support our brothers and sisters in the emergency services community. We wanted to be the helping hand to those that give aid and assistance to the community on a daily basis," explained Wilson.
Their mission is to provide sporting events for enjoyment, fellowship and friendly competition while providing a helping hand for those in our emergency services family.
Campbell has worked for the fire department for 14 years and works part-time for Putnam County Operation Life.
"I also am an active member of the Hoosier burn camp, which I hold near to my heart. My time involved with these organizations is the inspiration behind co-creating this amazing program with my buddy, Officer Ed Wilson," said Campbell.
"So we decided to start hosting sports tournaments against competing departments and using the entry fee money for this fund. Not only did this find us an avenue for this fund, it also created wonderful camaraderie between our local departments," added Campbell.