Jefferson Mitchell at the line for a free throw (Photo: Lilly Byrnes)

Wilton High School basketball players are hosting a Free-Throw Competition to raise funds for Full Court Peace, a registered 501 (c)(3) charity based in Norwalk that uses basketball to unite communities across socioeconomic lines in Connecticut.

The WHS Full Court Peace club is one of five local FCP high school clubs joining together on Saturday, April 21 to host the free-throw contest, open to boys and girls of all ages. All proceeds benefit FCP and provide funds to Stamford’s South End basketball project, Wilton High School’s local non-profit partner.

The money raised will help them purchase basketballs, uniforms and other things for the boys and girls that benefit from the program. Full Court Peace also sponsors a local summer camp for underserved kids and partners with local non-profit organizations. Wilton High School basketball players are among the students who volunteer at the camp during the summer.

Participants in the free throw competition are asked to find sponsors to pledge an amount for every shot out of 50 that they make. The minimum pledge is $1 per shot (with a minimum $20 donation). Donations to FCP directly are also appreciated.

The FCP free-throw competition is being held Saturday, April 21 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Middlebrook School Gym. Participants can simply show up and shoot anytime during that time period and do not need to bring their own basketball.

Prizes will be awarded to top performers and top fundraisers who get their donations collected and submitted by May 5. Winners will be awarded autographed memorabilia from NBA legends like Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady, and more.