Shootout gives $4,800 to Mariah’s Challenge

The Sixth Annual Butte Depot Crossroads Shootout produced $4,800 for Mariah’s Challenge.

Tournament director Mike Bauer made the donation to the local group during the annual scholarship presentation at the Montana Tech auditorium Monday night. Bauer presented the award as Mariah’s Challenge handed out scholarships to 47 Butte high school seniors.

In six years, the basketball tournament has contributed $20,800 to Mariah’s Challenge, which rewards students who live by the ideals of Mariah’s Challenge — no underage drinking and no drinking and driving.

The tournament started with 15 teams in 2008. This year 65 teams played in the tournament, which was held throughout town early last month.  The tournament saw 33 teams from out of town. It featured 17 divisions ranging from fourth grade through adult divisions.

The record turnout was 67 teams in 2011.

“We had another great turnout and the event was a huge success,” Bauer said. “There are so many people who make this event possible and the unique part of that is, everyone who helps, volunteers their time. We had about 120 volunteers that helped with the tournament, including 40 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 support our tournament to make it bigger and better.”

Next year’s 4-on-4 basketball tournament will be April 4-6, and Bauer said his goal is to have 100 teams.

“Six years running and The Depot Crossroads Shootout exceeds expectations,” said Leo McCarthy, the founder of Mariah’s Challenge. “The strong support of the sponsors and Butte’s support make it an event not to miss. The visible hard work is exemplified by Mariah’s Challenge being able to give out scholarships to Butte’s youth. We are excited for the Seventh Annual event next year and look to grow next year.”