ONTARIO - The Ontario Professional Firefighters (Local 1430) and Rancho Cucamonga Professional Firefighters (Local 2274) will be participating in the fourth annual Hoops for Hope basketball tournament at Los Osos High School on March 9. Tipoff will be at noon.

Hoops for Hope is a basketball tournament with an eight-team format comprised of fire agencies along with a local hospital, playing in a double elimination tournament.

Hoops for Hope is a concept dreamed by Coach Dave Smith, Los Osos boys basketball coach, and Richard "Chip" Smith, battalion chief at the Ontario Fire Department, Both were undergoing intense treatment for Stage 4 colorectal cancer. Both Dave and Chip dreamed of a series of basketball games to raise awareness and funds for cancer research and education.

This year's games are being dedicated to Jimmy Schiller son of Jim Schiller a battalion chief of the Ontario Fire Department and Jennifer Schiller R.N. from San Antonio Community Hospital. Jimmy also happens to be a local first responder paramedic and is battling Stage 3 testical cancer.

Proceeds will go toward the San Antonio Community Hospital Cancer Education Center and the Teri Large foundation.

Large was one of the original supportive persons getting Hoops for Hope off the ground and a member of Rancho Cucamonga High School's Cancer Awareness Team (CAST). Large lost her fight to cancer last year.

Participants this year will include teams from L.A.


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/Ontario International Airport Firefighters, Upland Firefighters, Chino Valley Independent Firefighters, Rancho Cucamonga Firefighters and Ontario Firefighters, San Bernardino County Firefighters and San Antonio Community Hospital and American Medical Response.

Games being held at, 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. and the championship game at 5:30 p.m.

For additional information call Battalion Chief Jim Schiller from the Ontario Fire Department at 760-954-8635 or visit www.HOOPSFORHOPE.INFO.