Rock the Ribbon Canceled

After careful consideration regarding the health and safety of everyone involved, the organizers of the annual Rock the Ribbon Roundball Shootout, an American Cancer Society fundraiser, have decided to cancel the 2021 event, which had been scheduled for Jan. 8-9.

The seventh annual Rock the Ribbon Roundball Shootout, which took place over two days in January at Rockbridge County High School, featured 11 basketball games and raised about $9,000. There were 12 games planned for the January 2021 event. Over the years, the event has raised about $72,000 for the ACS.

Under the current Condensed Interscholastic Plan drafted by the Virginia High School League in late August, basketball teams, along with other winter sports teams, will start practicing on Dec. 7, with the first games on Dec. 21.

Explaining the decision, Rock the Ribbon founder and director deputy Travis Patterson of the Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office said, “Following increased and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we felt this was the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented global situation. We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold this event for our fans and supporters. We know it’s the right decision based on the information we have today and the uncertainty we face moving into the fall and winter months.”

Grateful for all of the support for Rock the Ribbon, Patterson added, “None of this would be possible without the schools that participate, the sponsors that contribute to our event, the spectators that come to watch, or our troop of volunteers that make it run so smoothly.”

Patterson said event organizers plan to bring back the event in 2022 and will be reaching out directly to schools about it. For updates, visit

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