Cayman and Tyler’s 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Benefitting Riley Hospital
Fifteen-year old Cayman Jarvis has raised over $45,000 for Riley’s Cheer Guild in honor of his friend
Tyler Genneken; His efforts have gained sponsors and the attention of the Indiana Pacers
(Indianapolis, Indiana – June 1, 2011) –Local companies are clamoring to support 15 year-old Cayman Jarvis’ sixth fundraising event for Riley’s Hospital for Children. Dubbed Cayman and Tyler’s 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament for Riley, the event was born from the tragic loss of Cayman’s best friend Tyler Genneken (13) to leukemia. The compelling story has attracted dozens of supporters, including the Indiana Pacers, Scale Computing, Feletcher Chrysler, Kohl’s, Mid-America Health, and Louie’s.
“This is the second year we have supported the entrepreneurial spirit and drive of Cayman,” said Scale Computing CEO Jeff Ready. “His enthusiasm and passion for his charity sets an example for all entrepreneurs. It’s amazing what he has built at the age of 15 and the results he has been able to produce – raising over $45,000 in the past six years. He has taken the inspiration from Tyler and turned it into a charity that will not only benefit children at Riley for years to come but will also spread the awareness of the importance of being on the bone marrow donor list. It’s a great entrepreneurial story for a great cause.”
In the past five years, the event has raised over $45,000 for Riley’s Cheer Guild, a volunteer auxiliary that serves Riley Hospital for Children and Indiana University Hospital by providing comfort and cheer to the patients and families at both hospitals. The event has grown over the past five years, as well. In 2010, over 90 kids participated in the basketball tournament.
This year, the town council will block the streets, the Indiana Pacers Josh McRoberts, Boomer and members of the Pacemate dance team will make appearances. The Blood Mobile will be conducting a blood drive from 3:00 – 4:00 and will also be recruiting volunteers to join the bone marrow registry. Tents and balloons now line the streets during the event and there is music, face painting, burgers and hot dogs. New this year is a 5k fun run/walk, which will start at 3 PM.
One of the Cheer Guild's largest projects is the Toy Room located at Riley Hospital For Children. Volunteers collect brand new donated toys and handmade items to be given as gifts to pediatric patients. The Cheer Guild distributes over 14,000 items from the Toy Room each month.
“When I went to visit my friend Tyler Genneken at Riley,” said Cayman Jarvis, “most of the toys and video games we wanted to play with were broken. I wanted to help Tyler’s stay be more fun and to help other friends that were also patients at Riley.”
Cayman was 10 at the time of this visit and soon coordinated the first Cayman and Tyler’s 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. Cayman’s mom, Cindy, outlined the steps he needed to do in order to make the event happen. His game plan included getting sponsorships from local businesses, promoting the event with flyers, recruiting basketball players, ordering event T-shirts and finding referees. Twenty days later, the inaugural event in 2006 had 45 players, raising $1,500.
“My goal every year is to double the amount of money we raised the previous year,” said Jarvis. “This year’s goal is $28,000.”
Cayman and Tyler’s 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament for Riley will take place on Friday, June 3 from 11 AM – 5 PM in his Bargersville, IN neighborhood. All boys in grades 7 though 12 are welcome to play. Cost to play is $5. Teams are drawn at random. For more information, to donate or for corporate sponsorships, please call 317-979-1911. For additional info on Riley’s Cheer Guild, please visit: http://www.cheerguild.org