Basketball tourney to benefit foundation

Published 12:02 am Thursday, December 3, 2009

FERRIDAY — When tragedy strikes, many people find comfort in the Bible verse Romans 8:28.

In that verse, it says that all things work together for good to people that love God.

For Gregg and Melissa Loomis, tragedy came on June 14, 2007, when their 11-year-old daughter Macy lost her life in a severe traffic accident. Through the hardship, family and friends sought to honor the memory of their loved one in some way that might work towards the greater good.

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On Saturday, Dec. 12, the fruits of that vision will take place in the form of the “Dribbling for Sunshine” basketball tournament in the Huntington School gymnasium. The tournament is a fundraiser for the Macy Loomis Scholarship Foundation, which annually awards a student one year’s paid tuition to Huntington School.

Tanja Maroon, Macy’s aunt, said Macy’s love for all things Huntington is what brought about the idea for a scholarship to the school.

“Macy had been a student there since kindergarten,” Maroon said. “Huntington is like all small schools in the area — you end up becoming family.

“Her school and school pride was a big deal to Macy. She just really enjoyed her school years and took a lot of pride in her academic and athletic life at Huntington.”

Maroon said that because of such a heavy interest in Huntington, a close friend of the family felt giving back to the school would be a great way to honor Macy’s memory.

“She was just very involved, so one of the graduating seniors (in 2007) named Chad Kenney came up with the idea to honor her memories and contributions to Huntington and start a foundation in her memory.”

Today is the final day to register for the tournament, which is open to the first 16 teams that apply. Each team must include five starters and one alternate player, and at least one of those players acting as team captain.

Entry fees for the tournament are $120 per team, and go towards the foundation’s general scholarship fund.

“The teams can be all girls, all boys or co-ed,” Maroon said. “There’s not a big prize involved, but we do give away gift certificates to La Fiesta.

“We’ll also have a raffle of some kind, where people will usually donate a couple of items and things like homemade baked cakes.”

Prospective participants can go to the foundation’s Web site,, to download team applications. Applications can be mailed to Macy Loomis Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 1413, Ferriday, LA, 71334.