Saturday, July 20, 2013

3 on 3 basketball funraiser shoots and scores By Michelle Libby

Thirty-three teams turned out to compete and raised $2,560, which will be split between the Windham Primary School Playground Fund and the Dan Giguere Family Fund in the first annual Sonic Co-ed 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament. The tournament was sponsored by Windham Youth Basketball and Windham Millwork.

“You’re never quite sure how it goes when you invite a bunch of people to your party,” said Patrick Moody, president of Windham Youth Basketball. “It was a lot of fun.”

The tournament was named after teacher, father and Windham athlete Dan Giguere, whose nickname in high school was Sonic for how fast he was. Giguere died in February after a car accident in Florida. The number twelve on the logo was Dan’s number when he played.

Crusher from the Red Claws came to cheer teams on and concessions were run by Michelle Jordan who heads the playground fundraising committee. Rob Donato of Sebago Sports helped managed brackets, which helped when teams who weren’t signed up came to play, said Moody.

A year ago, we, at Windham Youth Basketball, started discussing a 3 on 3 tournament. This year we made it happen. “Make it happen” was one of Dan’s favorite sayings, Moody said.

“We give to the community with the playground, but we help to support his family too,” Moody said.
The tournament from “here on out will be held annually looking to support local programs and charities,” said Moody.

Jordan told Moody that when they “purchase the basketball hoops for the court that will be built at the primary school for the playground, she is planning on having them donated in Windham Youth Basketball’s name.”

“Next year it’s going to be bigger and better,” said Moody.

Thanks go out to supporting sponsors Bob the Screenprinter, Poland Spring Water, Walmart, Award Champs, Mad Mike’s Custom Detail, Maine Red Claws and Everlast Hardscapes. Windham Little also helped with the porta-potties. “It was a real community deal,” Moody said.

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