A Hoops Fest first will take place March 22 when the annual event is held at Gar-Field High School.

For the first time in Hoops Fest history, the charity recipient will be a current high school basketball player. Battlefield junior Kojo Bonsu was sidelined this season after undergoing a heart transplant in December. Had he been healthy and cleared to play, Bonsu would have been the Bobcats’ starting point guard.

Money raised from Hoops Fest 22 will go toward helping the Bonsu family cover their enormous medical expenses.

Hoops Fest, which is sponsored by InsideNoVa/Prince William, InsideNoVa.com and Battlefield Ford in Manassas and showcases Prince William County's top boys and girls basketball players in a series of skills competitions, raises money for a family in need.

Battlefield nearly swept all the categories at Hoops Fest 21. Vernon Kirby won the boys 3-point shootout, Ahlia Moone the girls 3-point title, and Brayden Gault and Taylor Baltimore the 2-ball title.

Moone and Gault are back this season as is Woodbridge senior Hanna Oliver, who is looking to become the first three-time champion in Hoops Fest’ history. Oliver won back-to-back 3-point titles her freshman and sophomore years.

Other previous champions back are John Paul’s Brandon Edmond, the 2015 boys 3-point champion, Freedom’s James West IV, the 2014 boys 3-point champion, and Brentsville’s Ada Stanley, part of the 2015 two-ball championship team.

Hoops Fest 21 was held at Hylton High School, where $5,880 was raised to help with medical expenses for 2-year-old Ayza Noor Qamar. Ayza, the daughter of Hylton High School teacher Sofhia Qamar, has Down Syndrome and Hirschsprung’s disease.

In 21 years, Hoops Fest has raised $154,027 helping families in Prince William County.

Hoops Fest 22

Where: Gar-Field High School

When: Wednesday, March 22, 7 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

Admission: $10 (there is no presale)

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