The Columbus community's commitment to its most vulnerable citizens during Child Abuse Prevention Month continued last week with the Reams Hoosier Classic.
This event, presented by Reams Asset Management, brought together industry partners from across the country for a basketball game at Indiana's famous Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Fieldhouse, often referred to as "Indiana's Basketball Cathedral," was the largest basketball arena in the United States when it was constructed in 1928, and was the setting of the climatic scene of the iconic basketball film, Hoosiers.
All told, the Hoosier Classic raised over $12,000 for Advocates for Children, a local agency which speaks for the best interests of children in the child protection system.
“The Reams Hoosier Classic tournament is a favorite event for our employees and colleagues across the industry," said Bobby Flynn, and analyst with Reams who helped organize this year's event. "While the basketball games are fun, we love being able to highlight the great organizations like Advocates for Children and raise money to help fight real issues facing our local community.”
Last year, Advocates for Children served 841 local victims of abuse and neglect, but with another 305 children remaining on the waiting list, support of organizations like Reams is especially important said Rick Scalf, the agency's Community Outreach Coordinator.
"Every day 7 cases of child abuse and neglect are confirmed in Indiana," said Scalf. "There is enormous pressure being put on the child protection system, and far too often, important issues facing these children may be overlooked. That's why it's vital that every one of these children has an advocate to keep the child's best interest front and center. We're extremely grateful for partners like reams who are helping us pursue our goal of providing an advocate for every child who needs one."
Individuals interested in learning more about Advocacy for Children, and how they can make a difference during Child abuse Prevention Month, can visit the agency's website, apowerfulvoice.org, or call the office at (877) 604-9402.