2014 Basketball Tournament A Great Success!

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The Family Y Wins United Way Basketball Tournament 

Copy of ChampionsUnited Way of the CSRA’s 2nd Annual Basketball Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, March 22 and 23, at the Paine College HEAL Complex was a rousing success! The final championship game pitted American Family Insurance against The Family Y with The Family Y taking home the Championship with a 48 to 45 win.

Eight teams from local businesses stepped-up to compete in the tournament which was sponsored by Presenting Sponsor: American Family Insurance, and Media Sponsors: The Augusta Chronicle and WJBF News Channel 6.  Saturday’s line-up of teams included:  American Family Insurance vs. Team Excavating; Electrolux vs. Kellogg’s; Paine College vs. The Holy Rollers (HP Trucking and Tabernacle Baptist Church); Television Park All Stars (WJBF) vs. The Family Y.  On Sunday, competitors in the semi-final games included:  American Family Insurance vs. Kellogg’s, and The Holy Rollers vs. The Family Y.

For the second year, the event was organized by a group of young professionals.  Led by Co-Chairs, Liz Pinkus-McKechnie and Tonia Gibbons, the committee also included Gabriel Gadson from Paine College, Bianca Woodard from Electrolux (last year’s winners), and Tom Wiley from WJBF News Channel 6.  The committee has worked diligently over the past four months to pull together the teams and many volunteers needed for a successful event.

United Way would like to thank everyone who participated in the event and those who came out to support their favorite team.  Jay Jefferies, WAGT, volunteered to call the games on Saturday and Sunday and did a tremendous job of keeping everything on track as well as making it a fun event.  Other volunteers who were on hand to help included Emily Bordon (Miss Augusta 2014), Helen Dinkins (We Got Character) who showed up with Spiderman, and Tony Williams and Alden Beard (Po Boy Productions) who provided music for the event.  A special thanks to Aaron Stewart and Donald Stone who secured referees for the event, and Cheddars, Chop House, Coca-Cola, Cracker Barrel, Kellogg’s, T’s Seafood, and Walmart for their help in supporting the event.  We’d also like to thank Paine College for allowing us to hold the event at the HEAL Complex.

United Way looks forward to hosting the 3rd Annual Basketball Tournament in March 2015, and we hope other companies will make plans to join us with a team next year.

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