The 7th annual Hoops for a Cause will take place in Billings on August 12th.

This year’s event will be held to support Kyler Venable, a 15-year-old young man from Miles City. In July of last year, Kyler was involved in a side-by-side accident. As a result of the accident, Kyler lost his right leg below the knee. He has undergone 18 surgeries and continual treatment as a result of the accident.

Kyler Venable
Kyler Venable

Hoops for a Cause looks to help our ‘Frontier Conference Family’ whenever possible. Kyler’s mother played basketball at Rocky from 1996-1998, and his aunt Melanie played ball at the University of Great Falls from 2004-2006.

This year's event will once again be a kid's 3-on-3 tournament, with divisions for boys and girls, grades 3-8. Last year, in Havre, was the first year of the tournament format, and it was an incredible success. Before the tournament format, the camp was a one-day clinic put on by basically every Frontier coach and a busload of current players. Covid didn’t even stop Hoops for a Cause when everything was shut down, we did an online coaching clinic with nearly every Frontier Coach. This is an event that means an awful lot to the coaches, players, and the entire Frontier Family.

Since that very first Hoops for a Cause, 2017, in Butte. The Frontier Conference coaches and players have raised over $80,000 for worthy causes throughout the state. Every single women’s and men’s basketball program in the Frontier has had a hand in making Hoops for a Cause a success. And it hasn’t stopped at basketball teams, football coaches in the Frontier have made generous donations to the event. It has even broken out of the Frontier, and we have seen donations from the University of Montana and Montana State University as well.

Please make sure to follow Hoops for a Cause on Facebook. There you will find the link to sign up for the 3-on-3 tournament and other ways to help. From tournament sponsorships, basket sponsors, and auction items for swag, you can find everything on their Facebook page. MSU-Northern Women’s coach Chris Mouat (who is responsible for Hoops for a Cause) has also set up a gofundme where you can give directly, you can view that page HERE.

HERE is the direct link to register for the 3-on-3 tournament

Hoops for a Cause has made a tremendous difference in the lives of several families over the last 6 years, and we look forward to continuing that trend come August 12th.

If you have any questions, would like to help, or if you would like to be a sponsor, you can email Chris Mouat at 

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