Recognition of those who serve in the military as well as local area first-responders is the aim of a Hoops for Heroes event scheduled for Saturday, April 5 in Yerington.

The first annual Hoops for Heroes will feature a competitive Army-Navy basketball game and a more fun-oriented clash between a Yerington high school co-ed team and local police and fire department players as well as several special recognition efforts for those who serve in the U.S. military and as area first-responders (police, fire, EMTs and hospital).

“This entire effort is designed to give something back to those who serve,” said Hoops for Heroes committee member Matt Sampson. “Those who serve our country in the military and those who serve our community as first-responders in emergency situations deserve recognition, and this is an effort to show our appreciation in some small way.”

The event is the brainchild of community activist Willie Skroch and a committee has been working on the effort for over a month now. Included in the planning is an effort to seek service club sponsorship in order to make participation and attendance entirely free of charge.

The day’s events will kick off at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 5 in the Yerington High School gymnasium with a competitive basketball game featuring teams from the Hawthorne Army Ammunition Depot and the Fallon Naval Air Station. That contest will be followed at 6 p.m. by a more fun-appropriate clash between a co-ed group of YHS students against representatives from the local law enforcement and fire departments.

Special recognition efforts, including musical presentations, are also being planned prior to both games and during the half-time intermissions. Additional information will be provided as it become available.

Admission and participation in the Hoops for Heroes is free, with a donation of a nonperishable food item being requested at the door. Those food donations will be given to the Lyon County Food Bank.

The committee is extending a special invitation to attend Hoops for Heroes to military personnel (past and present) as well as area first-responders.

As one of the sponsors, the Lyon County 4-H Mentoring Program is providing insurance coverage for the events.

For more information, contact Matt Sampson at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Mason Valley Teen Center at 775-463-3567.