Wells Fargo Advisors basketball shootout helps fund Make-A-Wish

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa. (KCRG) - In its second year as an event, the Wells Fargo Advisors Shootout is taking a larger approach. Instead of just bringing in basketball teams to play all day long at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, they decided to help a bigger cause, funding a wish for a Make-A-Wish recipient.

"I think it's good," Tyler Cleveland, the WFA shootout coordinator says. "It's a really good feeling just to know we're helping somebody out and somebody's family as well."

The event is held on two separate Saturdays in January. The first day was January 12 that saw some cancellations due to inclement weather. The final day is this coming Saturday, January 19.

Overall, 27 different teams will participate and they were all challenged to do their own fundraising before they arrive.

"We challenged them to work with their student council, or some of the other groups/organizations within their school. We really wanted the basketball players to be involved," said Make-A-Wish coordinator Kara Meiborg.

The goal was for each program to reach around $300 in funds, yet some schools have gone above and beyond.

Schools in Cedar Rapids such as Jefferson and Kennedy High Schools have reported numbers in quadruple digits, while North Linn High School was able to bring in around $3,300.

"A small community like that, I think it kind of challenges the other schools that are involved to do something as well," Cleveland said.

"It gives something bigger than basketball, and that is what its about," said North Linn senior guard Jake Hilmer. "I think our community really rallied around it and got a lot of money. It just shows how many great people we have in our community."