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For nearly a decade, friends and family of Tony Gigliotti have held a memorial basketball tournament in an effort to remember a special person in their lives while at the same time help others in the community.
Last year in the 9th annual tournament over 130 teams took part in the event at Mertz Mortorelli Gym at the University of Wisconsin-Superior and raised over $10,000 dollars. Teams from Michigan, southern Wisconsin, and Minnesota took part. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Tony Gigliotti Scholarship Fund and other UW-Superior programs.
Last year tournament organizers also donated $500.00 dollars towards a War Memorial in West Duluth and $600.00 dollars for the Second Harvest Food Bank.
In the previous 9 years this tournament has raised over a total of $100,000 dollars.
On January 9, 2005 a tragic car accident on the snowy roads of I-35 took the life of Tony Gigliotti, a UW-Superior Legal Studies student. As a way to remember and celebrate Tony - friends and family members come together each April to put on the Tony G Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament held on the campus of UW-Superior. The initial goal of the tournament was to raise money for a scholarship in Tony's memory at the university. The inaugural tournament in 2005 attracted approximately 40 teams.
Mark Johnson, one of the tournament organizers said this tournament also helps everybody get together and remember a great person.
"This event has meant so much to me and the others involved. It can be difficult. However, it has taught me to deal with loss in a very unique way, we use this event as a celebration of life. I see people at the tournament, player's coaches, volunteers, friends that have been participating since our first event. It is amazing that this tournament has become such a great community event."
Johnson said they want to have an even bigger event this year. "The 10th annual Tony G. 3 on 3 Memorial Basketball Tournament will be our biggest and best event."
The event is open to the public and spectators and fans are welcome. The tournament starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 26 and 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 27.
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