Hoop & Stick – The Power of Play

It’s that time of year again. The snow is falling, the holidays are past, and Hoop & Stick is just around the corner!

For those of you who aren’t familiar, Hoop & Stick is our annual gaming convention in support of Child’s Play, a charity which seeks to improve the lives of children in hospitals through the power of play.

Hoop & Stick is four days and three nights of gaming goodness. Board games, role playing games and Plaid Hats – all in a castle! Over the years Hoop & Stick attendees have been treated to board game prototypes and gaming with publishers, while role players have shared adventures of every type, from Pathfinder to Dungeons & Dragons, from Fate and Fiasco to the Edge of the Empire. And all of this comes with the added benefit of raising money for a great cause!

Rooms for Hoop & Stick have been sold out for months, but you can still join us for the festivities. We have offsite tickets available which grant access to all four days of gaming! Give us a call at 740.596.2606 to sign up for your badges. We will be glad to recommend several fine overflow accommodations within driving distance.

Even if you can’t join us at the convention, you can still help raise money for children’s hospitals. We are holding a month long online donation drive in support of Child’s Play. Simply click the “Donate!” button below or on the Hoop & Stick page, and your tax deductible donation will be sent straight to Child’s Play.

In 2013 we raised $5,573.

In 2014 we raised $5,820.

In 2015, we are on track to our biggest year ever, with $6,885 in donations lined up already!

With your help we’re sure to hit our goal of $7,500!

How’s that for the power of play!?

If you’d like to learn a bit more about Child’s Play, why we support it, and the transparency we build into our fundraising efforts, check out our previous blog post It’s As Easy As Child’s Play.

If you are interested in doing even more to help out, we are still accepting sponsors for Hoop & Stick 2015. Please contact us at hoopandstick@ravenwoodcastle.com.


Jim Reed

Jim Reed is a lifelong gamer who started with the original red box Dungeons & Dragons. After spending 20 years in the corporate world, he decided it was high time that work be fun and struck out on his own. Jim now owns and operates Ravenwood Castle, and spends his days ensuring his guests have as much fun as he does.