(March 1, 2019) The seventh annual “That Basketball Thing” will take place at Seacrets on 49th Street this Sunday, featuring representatives from more than 20 bars and restaurants shooting hoops.

Participants will go head-to-head, with the winner’s name being added to the tournament trophy. The first-place finisher will also receive $500. The competitor who comes in second place will take home Seacrets’ spirits and other prizes.

The event is a fundraiser for Diakonia, a nonprofit organization in West Ocean City that provides emergency and transitional housing, emergency food services and counseling, and assistance for its guests while addressing homelessness.

“I am really grateful to the folks at Seacrets for all the support that they give us throughout the year,” Diakonia Executive Director Claudia Nagle said. “Seacrets is a very community-minded organization. You’d be supporting a good cause and it will be a fun afternoon.”

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Competitors, Kelly Whitmore, representing Micky Fins, left, joins Lexi Rodriguez and Chelsey Chmelik, both playing for Seacrets, during “That Basketball Thing” contest at the 49th Street venue last year.

Participants will compete in a free-throw, double-elimination tournament. Last year, Ray Kennedy of Bull on the Beach on 94th Street took first place.

“Ray-Ray is the only one that has his name on the trophy more than once,” Seacrets Marketing Manager Jackie Miller said.

Bars and restaurants that have already entered participants include Tailchasers, Shotti’s, Bull on the Beach, Touch of Italy, Hooked and Longboard Café.

“It’s a good time to get out and see all your friends and local bars and restaurants together, and just have a good night and promote a good cause,” Miller said.

A 50/50 raffle will take place during the event. The money raised will go to Diakonia. Canned goods will also be collected for the nonprofit’s food pantry.

The event is free for spectators. Food and drink specials will be offered all night. Doors open at 5 p.m. and tip-off will take place at 6 p.m.

For more information, call Seacrets at 410-524-4900. To register for the competition, email basketball@seacrets.com. The field is limited to 20 competitors. To learn more about Diakonia, call 410-213-0923.

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