Fifteen years ago, a young woman walked the hallways of Southampton High School with a love of the game of basketball and a spirit that inspired others.
Charyse Torrence is still fondly remembered for the impression she made on her peers, teachers, and coaches before she lost her battle with cancer, and to honor her spirit and memory the SHS Varsity Club holds an annual 2-on-2 basketball tournament in her name.
This year's event will be held on Sunday, March 3, from 1 - 5 p.m. in the SHS gymnasium and will raise funds for the Make-a-Wish Foundation and for a variety of local scholarship funds. For a $20 donation per team, participants can come out and enjoy a fun afternoon of basketball.
"You don't have to be good. Remember her spirit and just have fun," says Varsity Club Vice President Zoe Meras.
Varsity Club President Emily Wesnofske notes that local businesses have donated funds and items for a Silent Auction to support the tournament. "Businesses who donated at least $200 will have their names printed on the back of the t-shirts that each player will get." Auction items include a Pandora bracelet, manicures, and gift certificates for local stores and restaurants.
"About 10 scholarship funds are supported by this fundraising event," says Varsity Club member Nicolette Finder.
To participate, teams must include one male and one female. To pre-register, email Varsity Club advisor Vinnie Mangano at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A free-throw shoot-out will also be held during the event. Each participant will receive a Charyse Torrence Tournament T-shirt and will be guaranteed an afternoon of basketball fun.