Student starts tournament for charity in China

By Mazelle Etessami

Since Alex Rein ’14 moved to Guangzhou, China two years ago, he created Hoops for Hope, a charity basketball tournament.

The tournament, which was on Thanksgiving weekend, raised enough money to pay for three life-saving surgeries at the Zhujiang Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Ghuangzhou, China.

The tournament was a round robin that included four age divisions: elementary school, middle school, high school and adult.

Rein’s father moved the family to China to set up the Institution for Western Surgery, a surgical company that brings specialists from the United States to operate on expatriates, Chinese citizens and orphaned children.

“Though I was originally inspired after hearing about these children, my real inspiration came when I visited the hospital,” Rein said. “I want this tournament to show students that if they see someone who needs help, they can do something about it.”