Spare Key, a Minnesota-based nonprofit business, is launching the Virtual H.O.R.S.E. Tournament for boys and girls up to 18 years old.

This free tournament will be held online Memorial Day weekend. Opening rounds will be May 23-24, with championship play on Monday, May 25.

H.O.R.S.E is a basketball shooting game where players take turns shooting at the hoop from different locations. If someone makes a shot but the opponent misses, he/she gets a letter toward the word 'HORSE.’ The last person to spell out the word wins.

“This is a double-elimination tournament that will be held online between two players,” said Abby Hunt, director of special events and corporate relations for Spare Key. “We will provide each player with a special link that will go live on Spare Key’s Facebook page and allow virtual attendees to follow the action in real-time.”

The Virtual H.O.R.S.E. Tournament will only require a total of four people to be involved with the event for each game-set — someone to hold a smartphone to capture the player’s action and the players themselves.

“We’re mindful of the fact that large gatherings are not something we should be encouraging right now,” Hunt said. “The Virtual H.O.R.S.E. Tournament gives young people the chance to compete for prizes in a fun and unique way.”

While current plans call for a single weekend tournament, Hunt said that Spare Key is open to expanding the tournament depending on the response it receives. If many players want to register, the organization said it will expand its playing schedule and may consider holding a live H.O.R.S.E. tournament later in the year when larger crowds can gather for events.

To register for the free tournament and rules go to:

NOTE: Spare Key is a Minnesota-based 501(c)3 nonprofit business dedicated to helping families facing a medical crisis by providing them financial assistance so they can focus on their loved ones’ care and recovery. … For more information on Spare Key go to