Basketball marathon fund raiser held this weekend at Laconia Middle School

LACONIA — A 24-hour basketball marathon event this weekend will raise funds for a charity that sends college students to Africa to promote social change through basketball.
The marathon begins at noon on Saturday, April 6 and ends at noon on Sunday. In the hours between, organizer Kelsey Converse will host basketball and other athletic events continuously going on in the Laconia Middle School gymnasium.
The event raises funds for Shooting Touch, a Boston-based charity that pays for college seniors to spend ten months in Rwanda, where they will build basketball courts, give clinics and lessons and organize teams in local schools. The sport is then used as a platform to promote social change.
Every dollar raised at the basketball marathon will benefit Shooting Touch, said Converse. Those who wish to attend will pay $5 to get in the door, and they are welcome to play basketball for as little or as long as they like.
The event begins with a kids' basketball clinic and Zumba class from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., a second kids' clinic will be offered for basketball and Jazzercize. Other hours on the schedule are designated for various ages and genders; visit the Facebook page for "SHOOTING TOUCH PLAY FOR CHANGE 24 HOUR MARATHON" for the detailed schedule.
The event will also include a raffle, featuring prizes such as a card for a custom Reebock shoe, or a Reebock sneaker signed by NBA player Jason Terry.