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2017-02-08 / Front Page

Youth Basketball Tournament to return with a swish

The Town of Tonawanda Youth Bureau and the Town of Tonawanda Police Club will be hosting a 3-on-3 Youth Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 4, at Kenmore West High School, 33 Highland Parkway.

The tournament, which had formerly been run in a 2-on-2 format, was a popular event for many years, according to a press release.

“I used to participate in this tournament; it brought out both competitive basketball players and fans and also those just looking to have some fun on a Saturday,” said Chris Monaco, Youth Board member and basketball coach.

“With the help of generous sponsors and passionate volunteers, we are able to bring this event back for the youth in Ken-Ton,” said Dan Crangle, Town of Tonawanda councilman and chairman of the Youth, Parks and Recreation Committee.

Registration is free and can take place in advance at tinyurl.com/ttypr3on3 or onsite on March 4.

Youth in grades seven through 12 who live in or attend school in the Town of Tonawanda or Village of Kenmore are welcome to participate. There will be both girls and boys divisions.

Teams will be made onsite; check-in and registration take place between 9 and 9:30 a.m. T-shirts, refreshments and prizes will be provided.

Volunteers are needed to help with refereeing, score keeping, time keeping, announcing, bracket keeping, selling concessions and managing the check-in/registration table. Volunteers can sign up at tinyurl.com/refs2017.

“The basketball tournament was a popular event, which gave the youth of the area and the town police an opportunity to interact in a competitive and fun venue. This sort of interaction is even more important today, so that is why after an absence of several years we are happy to bring this tournament back to the youth of Kenmore and the Town of Tonawanda, and look forward to re-establishing the tournament as an annual event,” said Bob Wunsch, chairman of the Town of Tonawanda Youth Board.

According to the Youth Bureau, the following businesses and organizations have provided support for the tournament: Town of Tonawanda Police Club; Ken-Ton Friends of Youth; Advantage Dentistry; Paula’s Donuts; KL Hudson Insurance Agency; Timothy J. Hennessy, PLLC; Dr. David Martinke; Town of Tonawanda supervisor Joseph Emminger; and Ellwood Fire Company.

For more information, visit www.ttypr.com or contact Nicole Fields at 831-1001 or nfields@tonawanda.ny.us.

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