On Saturday, March 2, 2014, Brother Rice and Mother McAuley Student Councils held the fourth annual Mission Madness tournament. “Mission Madness was started for two reasons: one for something fun that the students from Brother Rice and Mother McAuley could come together and do, and the second and more important reason was as a venue for us to raise money for numerous charity organizations,” said Ms. Pacetti, Director of Student Activities at Brother Rice. Ms. Pacetti also noted that Mission Madness was a great way to help several charities in one, major fun filled event. Mission Madness can be credited to Brother Rice graduate Mike Fleming who created the idea of the co-ed basketball tournament.
A total of nineteen teams signed up for Mission Madness. Twelve junior/senior teams and seven freshman/sophomore teams (with teams each team consisting of up to eight players) competed in the tournament. The games started at 10:30 A.M., while each one lasted ten minutes. Each team also played two games that would set up their seeding for the playoffs. The second place team for the junior/senior division was Jamaican Hopscotch Mafia and their charity, the Andrew Weishar Foundation, was awarded one hundred twenty-five dollars. The first place team for the freshman/sophomore division was the Tune Squad and their charity, St. Jude Research Hospital was awarded one hundred twenty-five dollars. The winning team for the junior/senior division was “Hoops I Did It Again” and their charity, the John McNicholas Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation was awarded one hundred and fifty dollars.
“The highlight of the day was watching everyone have fun, because it’s great seeing the girls and the guys at the same event where everyone is relaxed and having a good time,” said Ms. Pacetti. Her hope is to expand the event with at least forty teams next year.