Shootout donates $4,200 to Mariah’s Challenge

The Seventh Annual Butte Depot Crossroads Shootout basketball tournament raised $4,200 to donate to Mariah’s Challenge.

The tournament drew a total of 43 teams, 26 which were from out of town. In seven years the tournament has fielded a total of 350 teams. In seven years it has donated a total of $25,000 for Mariah’s Challenge, which is dedicated to curbing underage drinking and drinking and driving.

“We had another great turnout and the event was a huge success,” said tournament director and founder Mike Bauer. “There are so many people who make this event possible and the unique part it that everyone who helps, volunteers their time. We had about 120 volunteers that helped with the tournament, including forty volunteer referees from all around the state. We also had over 130 businesses that sponsored the event this year. It’s a special thing to know the so many businesses and volunteers continue to volunteer to help make our tournament a great even.”

Leo McCarthy, founder of Mariah’s Challenge, the Butte scholarship foundation that has received a portion of the proceeds from the tournament was grateful when told of this year’s donation. Since 2008, Mariah’s Challenge has provided nearly $200,000 in scholarships to Butte area seniors who graduate alcohol-free and never get in a car with a driver who has been drinking.

“The generosity of Mike and everyone involved with the Crossroads Shootout is truly unbelievable,” McCarthy said. “When you look back, and see at all their work making the tournament a success, thank you just doesn’t seem enough. It is a testament to our community, and a commitment to our youth that we want to see them to make good decisions, grow old, and be successful in all areas of life. Without the Shootout, the community of Mariah’s Challenge would not be as strong.”

Bauer said  the date for next year’s tournament should be set by May 15.

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