Basketball tournament to benefit local family |

Basketball tournament to benefit local family

David Gignilliat

Think you have what it takes to match skills with some of the area’s best recreational basketball players? Looking for a fun weekend activity? Want to make a difference in someone’s life?

If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, head to South Tahoe High School March 6-7 for the Hope For Hart 3-On-3 Basketball Tournament. The event, sponsored by several South Shore businesses, will benefit Chase and Tanner Hart, whose father Michael has been diagnosed with a terminal form of cancer.

“We’re trying to get people out for a good cause,” said Joby Cefalu, one of the tournament’s many helpful organizers. “Everybody’s excited about it. We’re raising money here for kids that are really are going to need it in a few years.”

The event includes five divisions: Men’s Open, Women’s, 6-foot and under, 30 and over and Under-18, with over $6,000 in prize money, including a possible $2,000 payoff for the Men’s Open champion.

“We want to make a strong point that this is basketball for everybody, not just the elite (players),” Cefalu said. “We want to make sure that people have a good time and I think we have a division for just about everyone.”

A one-time fee of $37.50 covers the double-elimination tournament and

includes a T-shirt and an invitation to an apres-hoops party at Mulligans

Irish Pub, where over $1,000 in raffle prizes will be auctioned.

Action will begin March 6 at 9:30 a.m. in South Tahoe’s Blue and Gold gyms, and the post party at Mulligans will follow at 7 p.m. Finals will take place March 7, with times to be announced.

Organizers have also set up a Hope For Hart trust fund at Bank of America’s South Tahoe branch and have already received more than $15,000 in donations, Cefalu said.

“The response from the community has been great,” he said. “The Hart family is so thrilled that the community is strong enough that it can come together for causes like this.”

If you’re interested, respond soon. The cutoff date for registration is

March 3. Registration forms are available at Sports LTD, South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and Rude Brothers Bagel & Coffee Haus. Plenty of slots still remain, but don’t delay!

Organizers hope to have 60 teams competing at the tournament, and already have commitments from trios hailing from nearby Gardnerville and Placerville.

For more information about the trust fund or the charity tournament, please contact John Marchini at (530)541-0355.

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