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Tony G Basketball tournament donates to UW-Superior

Posted on May 14, 2013
Family and friends of Tony Gigliotti raised nearly $8,000 in 2013 and nearly $100,000 overall
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The photo is of Mark Johnson tournament organizer and UW-Superior Chancellor Renee Wachter on the left, and Vice Chancellor of Campus Life Vicki Hajewski and tournament organizer Mike Raunio on the right.

The photo is of Mark Johnson tournament organizer and UW-Superior Chancellor Renee Wachter on the left, and Vice Chancellor of Campus Life Vicki Hajewski and tournament organizer Mike Raunio on the right.

Organizers of the Tony G Memorial basketball tournament in Superior raised nearly $8,000 from their recent tournament, with more expected.

Last month, the 9th annual Tony G memorial tournament had 131 teams
competing at UW-Superior at Mertz Mortorelli Gym.


The tournament has supported many programs at UW-Superior over the years.
This year, $6,635 dollars were donated overall to UW-Superior, with more
expected. Some of the money raised at this year's event went towards the
GEARS program, $3,500 dollars; Campus Rec Department, received $1,300 dollars; and $2,035 dollars donated to the Tony Gigliotti Scholarship Fund from family and friends.


Tournament organizers also donated $500.00 dollars towards a War Memorial in West Duluth and $600.00 dollars for the Second Harvest Food Bank.

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. This past April 20 - 21, the 9th
annual Tony G. 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament was held and attracted 131 teams
from as far away as upper Michigan, La Crosse, and Forest Lake.


Mark Johnson, one of the tournament organizers said, "I have lived in Superior
all of my life. I repeatedly see this community gather around and support
one another, it is very unique. Each year our community support grows,
even in these tough economic times. Without the support from our
community sponsors and the support of UW-Superior this event could not happen."

Johnson 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, it can bring up some unhappy memories, and it can be difficult to deal with the loss of a friend. However, it has taught me to deal with loss in a very unique
way; we use this event as a celebration of life. The tournament each year
has an assortment of Tony's friends, and relatives that have become involved
over the years. I see people at the tournament, player's coaches, volunteers,
friends that have been participating since our first event. It is amazing
that this event has become such a great community event, we as a group are
proud and look forward as we continue to grow each year."

Next year, tournament organizers want to have an even bigger event.Johnson added, "The 10th annual Tony G. 3 on 3 memorial basketball tournament with
hard work from our many volunteers will be out biggest and best event!
The partnership with UW-Superior has been amazing the Mertz Mortorelli
Gymnasium and Lydia S. Thering Fieldhouse is one of the best facilities in the
area. When we started the tournament in 2005 we had two goals: 1) Create
a permanent endowment with the foundation. 2) Use the tournament to celebrate
Tony's life and the memories we have of him. We have far exceeded our
goals! We have been able to take the heartbreaking loss of a friend and
create a positive community event that we have been thrilled with the results the
past 9 years."

Thanks to the generosity of the many friends, family, and community members, over the years - the Tony Gigliotti Scholarship Fund has surpassed $80,000 - and tournament organizers have now chosen to support other programs at UW-Superior and the community as a whole. This year, in addition to continuing support to the scholarship fund, tournament proceeds supported the GEARS (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness in Superior) program and Campus Recreation at UW-Superior, the Second Harvest Food Bank and the War Memorial project in West Duluth.

The photo is of Mark Johnson tournament organizer and UW-Superior
Chancellor Renee Wachter on the left, and Vice Chancellor of Campus Life Vicki
Hajewski and tournament organizer Mike Raunio on the right.


For more information, here's a video link to the story on the Northlands
NewsCenter on the 2013 tournament. Tony
G basketball tourney on NNC

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