Kearny UNICO hosting hoops shootout

Kearny UNICO hosts a basketball shootout Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to noon at Kearny’s Gunnell Oval (with a rain date of May 20.) The entry fee is $10 per sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grader. Send students’ names, grade, school, parent’s phone number and email address, along with checks made payable to Kearny UNICO, C/O Celeste Pandolfi, 81 Thoma Ave., Maywood, N.J. 07607 by Monday, May 8. The contest is open to students in the aforementioned grades at Kearny public and charter schools. All funds raised will benefit those with Leukemia and other charities.

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