many years, Myron gathered with close friends to watch the first
round of the NCAA tournament. He always said it was "the greatest
two days of sports of the year!" One year between
games, while reminiscing about past tournaments and reflecting on
how long the friends had been doing this, Myron hatched the idea
this could be something used to raise money
for a worthwhile cause. Thus, the idea for the original March Hoops to BEAT
Blindness was born!
2019 will be the 13th annual event, now known as March Hoops to BEAT Blindness. Over the years, hundreds of people and many organizations have contributed to the cause, and thanks to all their great generosity, assistance, and participation, over $107,000 has been raised so far to support research into the prevention and treatment of blinding conditions!!
coverage included on air interviews on WTKA 1050 AM, WKQL 107.1 FM, WLBY 1290 AM, WWJ 950 AM, and WAAM 1600 AM. Articles have been written in AnnArbor.com, the Ann Arbor News, The University Record, Michigan Today, and the Michigan Daily. And TV coverage on WDIV Channel 4 Detroit NBC.
The first event was held at Damon's Grill in Ann Arbor in 2007, and we had a great time there for the first 6 years. The original name of the event was March Madness Against Blindness. Since the innaugural event, the name has changed but the purpose and the fun remains! When Damon's closed in 2013, MHBB moved to Pizza House on Church Street in Ann Arbor.
This year's event
promises to be even bigger and better! Be sure to check out the great prizes this year, donate on-line, and come out to Pizza House in Ann Arbor for March Hoops to BEAT Blindness!!