Basketball

QUINCY – Basketball players of all ages are invited to take part in the 13th annual Dru Gimlin Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament on Saturday.

The tournament is in downtown Quincy on temporary basketball courts and starts with check-in at 8 a.m. on June 4.

Boys and girls in grades 3-12 and adults age 18 and over welcome to compete.

Proceeds from the tournament go to the Dru Gimlin Foundation to provide scholarships and financial aid to student-athletes who’re unable to play sports.

Dru Gimlin was a member of the Quincy High School basketball team when he was killed in a car accident in 2003. According to the foundation, Gimlin “was passionate about all sports and was interested in finding ways to make sure all kids could participate.”

In 2004, three of Gimlin’s classmates organized the tournament, which has grown to field about 85 teams last year. Lisa Karstetter, one of the tournament’s organizers, said it usually takes place on the second weekend of June, but it was scheduled a week earlier to accommodate Quincy High School’s graduation.

“We’re hoping that doesn’t keep people from taking part as it’s become one of the bigger events of the spring,” Karstetter said.

The tournament’s helped the foundation award more than $20,000 in scholarships and raise more than $80,000 to support youth sports across Grant County, Karstetter said.

Registration for the tournament is $90. To register, visit their website.

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