It! raises nearly $14,000 for MS Society
The 4th annual
Petit MS Memorial Basketball Tournament hosted 45 teams on Saturday at
The 4th annual Petit MS Memorial Basketball
Tournament on Saturday had its best year yet, raising nearly $14,000 for the
Connecticut Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, in honor of the
Team Coordinator Justin Ivey said 45 teams played during the day-long tournament
High School while about 200
fans gathered to watch the charitable event.
tournament has now raised about $45,000 for the state’s MS Society since it
began in 2008, according to the event's website. The tournament is coordinated
by four classmates who were teenagers when it began: Megan Alexander, Ivey,
Wayne Lawrence and Steve Selnick.
organizers said they started the tournament as a tribute to the Petit family who began raising donations for MS research
after Jennifer Hawke-Petit was diagnosed with the disease.
and her two daughters, Hayley and Michaela were killed in July, 2007. Dr.
William Petit, husband and father, was the only survivor. Jury selection began
on March 16 for the capital murder trial of Joshua Komisarjevsky. His
accomplice, Steven Hayes, was sentenced to death in 2010 for the Petit murders.
tournament) has grown over the years,” Ivey said. “We went gung-ho getting the
word out, and the Petits are back in the news now because of the trial," he
the winning teams from the 2011 tournament:
3rd grade: Red
6th grade: The
8th grade: Middletown
12th grade: Flight
NBA League, over
18: We Pham
all ages: Tonka Timers
women under the age of 18: The Wildcats
Did you watch
the tournament on Saturday? Who was your favorite team? Tell
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