Hoops For a Cause going virtual for Finnley

Hoops For a Cause going virtual for Finnley

HAVRE — Basketball coaches from the entire Frontier Conference will be hosting a free virtual coaches clinic on Zoom July 29 and 30 as this year’s Hoops For A Cause event.

Every coach from the league’s six men’s and women’s teams will be presenting for 30 minutes on one of the two nights.

Hoops For A Cause, now in its fourth year, has helped raise money for worthy causes throughout the Frontier Conference through the work of players and coaches in the league.

This year, the cause is Finnley Grace Foster, a 5-year-old girl who has had to deal with major medical issues for her entire life.

“Finnley has had a really tough go,” MSU-Northern women’s basketball coach Chris Mouat said. “She’s dealt with major surgeries (including two bone marrow transplants) and has been in and out of hospitals literally her entire life.  She’s a very tough kid who, no matter what the circumstances, puts a smile on her face.  Her situation has put a very difficult burden on her parents as well.  I think hers is a great cause, and something that we as coaches can rally around.  We are hoping that coaches around the state enjoy the clinic and gain something from it, but just as importantly, we hope to spread awareness about Finnley’s battles and help support her needs moving forward.”

Finnley is the daughter of Pat Foster and Katie Whitmore. Pat has been a longtime high school and college official in Montana, and officiated Frontier Conference men’s and women’s games for five seasons.

“Every, single coach in the Frontier Conference has stepped-up to help Hoops For A Cause this year,” Mouat said. “To pull off a camp like we have done in the past would be unrealistic right now, so we are trying something different.  Hopefully at this time next year we are getting ready to host a gym full of kids again.  The clinic will be informative and fun, and definitely worth watching for coaches out there.”

To register for the clinic, coaches can email Mouat at cmouat@msun.edu.

While the clinic is free, donations are welcome. Click here to make a donation to help Finnley in her fight.

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