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Hoops tourney raising scholarship funds

First Posted: 2:52 am - June 17th, 2015

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Contributed photo Players participate in Cheraw’s first Stop the Violence basketball tournament Aug. 16, 2014 at Levi G. Byrd Park.

This September, Cheraw will see the second annual Stop the Violence Basketball Tournament.

The inaugural Stop the Violence Basketball Tournament was held last August as an effort to raise awareness of street violence.

This year, in addition to raising awareness, tournament host and organizer Germain Thompson is also raising funds toward a scholarship.

“I’m also in the process of raising $5,000 toward a child’s college tuition that lost their parents due to violence,” Thompson said. “So what I did was set up a GoFundMe page.”

Thompson’s crowdfunding campaign at www.gofundme.com/takeittothecourt, had reached 220 shares by the end of the first day.

“It’s right on track to raise the $5,000 by Sept. 5,” Thompson said. “Hopefully it will keep at the same pace.”

Thompson said funds exceeding the $5,000 goal will also go toward helping the yet-to-be-determined recipient.

Thompson also said this year’s tournament will be similar to last, but with a few noticeable differences.

“I will have a celebrity guest this year that I’m going to reveal at a later date,” said Thompson. “I ‘m not going to reveal it right now.”

Thompson was awarded a grant from the town of Cheraw to help organize this year’s tournament. Thompson said he intends to hold raffles, giving attendees the opportunity to win electronics and other prizes.

Thompson also said the event will include lots of gift bags, live music, and family-friendly activities such as face-painting.

The second annual Stop the Violence Basketball Tournament will take place Sept. 5 at Levi G. Byrd Park.

Reach reporter Randy Garner at 843-537-5261 and follow him on Twitter @CherawChronicle.

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