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2019 Rock Chalk Roundball Classic raises $185,000

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Eleven-year-old Sergio Gomez, a member of the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic "Starting Five" greets the players before tipoff on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Eudora High School.

Eleven-year-old Sergio Gomez, a member of the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic "Starting Five" greets the players before tipoff on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Eudora High School. by Nick Krug

The final numbers are in and this year’s event was another record breaker for Brian Hanni’s Rock Chalk Roundball Classic.

After raising roughly half a million dollars during the first 10 years of the event, the 11th annual charity basketball game which took place back in June and featured more than 50 former KU basketball players and included a VIP celebrity dinner and weekend golf tournament over three consecutive days, raised $185,000 this year alone.

Hanni’s event which is put on by a team of volunteers and benefits five local families fighting pediatric cancer roared past the six-figure mark for the second year in a row and now has raised well above $600,000 in 11 years for more than 25 families in need.

“We are extremely grateful for your contribution to assist our beneficiaries and their families as they confront the challenges posed by pediatric cancer,” wrote Hanni in an email announcing the record-breaking number. “Due to your kindness, together we have raised life-changing amounts for our Roundball “Starting Five” families and many other kids in need in our community.”

According to Hanni, the proceeds raised from this year’s three-day event all go to help children in and around the Lawrence community who are battling pediatric cancer through the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic and Baby Jay's Legacy of Hope.

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Jeff Kallmeyer 1 month, 3 weeks ago

What a great cause, the positive outcome from from human generosity!

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