The suicide of a local student a few years ago was tragic.
But out of that darkness came some wonderful light.
The young man’s friends decided that a great way to honor his memory was with a round-robin basketball tournament.
Like any tournament, every player wants to win. But the organizers also promote the values of kindness, tolerance and fellowship.
“Full Court Kindness” an inter-faith event. Teams come from 4 Westport houses of worship: Church of the Assumption, Temple Israel, St. Luke and the Conservative Synagogue.
All proceeds go to 3 charities, chosen by the teen captains:
- Make A Wish Foundation, in honor of Christopher Lanni
- CT Against Gun Violence
- The Weiss Family Scholarship Fund, set up in honor of a family well-known at Temple Israel. All were killed on New Year’s Eve, in a Costa Rican plane crash.
The tournament is set for this Sunday (6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Westport Weston Family YMCA).
There’s a $5 admission fee (though of course you can give more). Full Court gear will be on sale.
I’m not sure which team will score the most points. But I know who will win.
(For more information, or to contribute, contact Michele Harding, Assumption Church youth minister, firstname.lastname@example.org, 203-222-8486.)