Basketball tournament to benefit St. George humanitarian nonprofit

Darci Burke, founder of Pink Shoes, finds Eyerus, the inspiration behind Burke's nonprofit organization, Korah, Ethiopia, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Darci Burke, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Nets on Fire will host a basketball tournament to aid Korah Kids – an organization that aims to improve the lives of children and families in Korah, Ethiopia.

Korah Kids, once known as Pink Shoes, was founded by St. George resident Darci Burke after she was inspired by a girl she met in 2017 named Eyerus.

According to the Korah Kids website, the city is home to 200,000 people, many of whom rely on the surrounding trash dump for food and shelter.

Read more: Girl with pink shoes, love for humanitarian work inspires creation of nonprofit

In previous trips to Korah, Burke and her team of volunteers have handed out donations of clothes and shoes, as well as provided medical assistance.

All proceeds from the 3-on-3 basketball tournament will go to Korah Kids. The tournament takes place May 18 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes contests for 3-point shooting, free throws and spot shooting.

The team fee is $100, and the brackets are decided by age group and gender. In addition to the contests, a silent auction will also be held featuring sports memorabilia.

The registration deadline is Wednesday. To register a team for the tournament, click here.

Food will be available for purchase. The grand prize will be $400 to Dicks Sporting Goods, as well as a free one-week training session at Nets on Fire, located at 1871 W. Canyon View Drive in St. George.

Event details

  • What: Nets on Fire basketball tournament benefiting Korah Kids.
  • When: Saturday, May 18, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Where: Nets on Fire facility, located at 1871 W. Canyon View Drive.
  • Cost: Team registration fee is $100 | Registration ends Wednesday, May 15.

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