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Is there a minimum a team needs to raise for the Hoops for Heart event?

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There is no minimum a team needs to raise for a Hoops for Heart event, as it is a voluntary effort to benefit the American Heart Association. However, the American Heart Association awards students and schools thank-you gifts, U.S. Games gift certificates and yearly published citations for fundraising excellence.

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When a school volunteers to participate in a Hoops for Heart event, the AHA partners with the school to make the fundraising effort as lucrative as possible. Materials in a Hoops for Heart event kit include a basketball, T-shirts for participants, a medallion, collection envelopes for students, and a volunteer folder with an events resources CD and promotional DVD. The AHA also helps with planning and suggests a window of at least 10 weeks to add the event to the school calendar and promote it and three weeks to implement it. Much of the fundraising initiative takes place online, as the AHA sets up a Web presence for the school's team where students can upload photos, set goals, share reports and collect donations.

The AHA suggests that the entire school collaborate in the event. For instance, technology teachers and classes can assist in creation of the event Web page, art teachers and classes can create posters on heart safety and the Hoops for Heart event, and health teachers can have lessons on heart facts and heart health. The event resources CD suggests specific basketball shooting and dribbling activities that schools can schedule on the day of the event.

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