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Andrie Castro Medrano (lower right) and his family are this year's Hoops Fest recipients. Andrie, a student at Old Bridge Elementary School, was diagnosed with leukemia two years ago. Standing with Andrie is his mother Elvia and younger brother Diego.

Hoops Fest is returning to its roots.

The annual charity event sponsored by Battlefield Ford Quick Lane & Service Center, InsideNoVa.com and InsideNova/Prince William, is April 11 at Woodbridge High School. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the event starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door.

Woodbridge hosted the first Hoops Fest in 1996 when $4,000 was raised to help Woodbridge graduate Lee Thompson Jr. get prosthetics for his legs after both were amputated when he contracted spinal meningitis. Woodbridge also hosted the event in 2000.

In 22 years, Hoops Fest has totaled $158,327 for families in need. Hoops Fest 22 was held at Gar-Field, where $4,300 was raised for Kojo Bonsu and his family to help with medical costs after Kojo received a heart transplant.

This year, money from Hoops Fest 23 will go to nine-year-old Andrie Castro Medrano and his family to assist with medical expenses.

A student at Old Bridge Elementary, Andrie was diagnosed with leukemia two years ago and recently had a bone narrow transplant at St. Jude Children’s Hospital Memphis, (TN). Andrie travels back to St. Jude’s as well as Children’s Hospital Washington D.C. for regular checkups.

Hoops Fest brings together the top prep boys and girls basketball players from Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park to compete in the boys and girls 3-point shootout, two-ball and the slam dunk.

Winners from last year expected to return are defending dunk champion Kaeleb Carter from Colgan and Battlefield’s Brayden Gault, who has been part of the last two championship two-ball teams.

David Fawcett is the sports editor for InsideNoVa.com. Reach him at dfawcett@insidenova.com

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