The Emerging Philanthropist Program (EPP), a partnership between Harrisburg Young Professionals (HYP) and The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) will be hosting the 2nd Annual Harrisburg Hoopla! Our goal is to unite the local community, boost our economy, and raise money for local nonprofit organizations through friendly track and field competitions.

Harrisburg Hoopla will be a full day event consisting of teams competing in various sports & activities. Each team will represent a local nonprofit organization of their choice and compete to donate a portion of the event’s proceeds to that nonprofit! Teams are not responsible for fundraising for this event; event proceeds will be donated.

About the Emerging Philanthropist Program (EPP)

The “Harrisburg Hoopla” field day is an event founded by EPP. This free program teaches young professionals the process and importance of grant making in the nonprofit community, while providing resources and educational opportunities for Harrisburg’s developing leaders who wish to be actively engaged in giving back to their community. The experience culminates with class members applying their newly learned community and grantmaking skills by awarding a grant to a nonprofit organization. Participants choose the funding area based on their community needs assessment. After a competitive grantmaking process, a one-time $5,000 grant is awarded to a local nonprofit organization. To date, the Emerging Philanthropist Program has granted $20,000 to local nonprofit organizations. The Emerging Philanthropist Fund is an endowment fund used to ensure the $5,000 awards become sustainable for future participants. Given the need in our communities, our long-term goal is to grow the award amounts and enable future participants to award grants to multiple organizations. Click here for more information on EPP.

Event Information

Date: June 2, 2018
Team Registration: 11:00am
Location: Skyline Sports Complex, City Island, Harrisburg, PA
Event Registration: $40.00 per participant
Cheerleader for Event Only: Free! Come out and cheer for your favorite team!
Food and alcohol vendors will be available on site!

Fund Allocations

This event will donate 100% of the total proceeds raised to nonprofit organizations, including EPP.

1st Place | 30% of total proceeds

2nd Place | 20% of total proceeds

3rd Place | 10% of total proceeds

40% of total proceeds will go to the Emerging Philanthropist Fund at TFEC.

All represented nonprofit organizations must be a local organization providing services in the Harrisburg Region and must be a registered 501(c)(3).


Teams of 6 or more people will compete in the following events:

  • Dodgeball
  • Inflatable Obstacle Course
  • Tug-o-War
  • Wheelbarrow Relay Race
  • Volleyball
  • Relay of Relay Races
    • Three legged Relay Race
    • Egg Race
    • Potato Sack Race
  • Water Balloon Catch
  • Dizzy Bat Waiter Race
  • Corn hole (Tie Breaker)


Frequently Asked Questions

Contact: Dana Della Loggia

Registration Opens March 1, 2018!