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Hoops Fest raises money for Va. wounded warrior

Saturday - 3/19/2011, 10:08am  ET

WOODBRIDGE, Va. - It's like March Madness, but it crams all of the games into one day, is for high school players, and raises money each year for a local family in need.

The 16th annual Hoop Fest was held Friday at Hylton High School.

"Hoops Fest is an event sponsored by the News & Messenger that brings together the area's top boys and girls high school basketball players in the county to raise money for a family in need," says David Fawcett, sports editor at the newspaper.

This year, the proceeds will go to helping 26-year-old Joshua Himan return to his childhood home. He was paralyzed from the chest down in September of 2009 after his Humvee was hit by an IED in Afghanistan.

The money will be given to the Northern Virginia Fuller Center for Housing, Azalea Charities, the Quality of Life Foundation, Yellow Ribbon Fund, and Caulkins Construction to build an addition to Himan's childhood home so it can be made wheelchair accessible. The project will cost about $100,000.

Himan was a graduate of Hylton High School, and graduated from Radford University in 2006. He joined the Marines in 2007.

Watch video of Hoops Fest courtesy of the News & Messenger:

WTOP's Kathy Stewart contributed to this report.

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