GRAFTON—As the small town of Grafton continues to mourn the loss of their own Tyler Poston, who was taken from his family and friends too soon, community members remain vigilant in their efforts to assist those he left behind.
Grafton High School Girls Head Basketball Coach Andrew Moore shared that as a girl dad, like Poston, he felt an overwhelming desire to help his family, especially Poston’s little girl, Karmendi.
“Having three girls of my own, I understand the impact little girls can have on their father,” Moore shared.
Not only do Moore and Poston share the “girl dad” link, but Poston was also a part of one of the first teams Moore coached.
“I coached him both seventh and eighth grade year,” Moore explained. “He was a coachable, hardworking kid that loved to play the game of basketball.”
With a desire to support Karmendi’s future, Moore began organizing an event that would do just that ,while also recognizing Poston’s long-time love of the basketball.
“I messaged John Paul, who has run a few men’s tournaments in the past, and we decided we would host a fundraiser event,” revealed Moore.
The event, which is slated for Saturday, July 31 will boast a men’s five-on-five tournament at Grafton High School.
This will be a double elimination tournament with a fee of $200 to play.
The day will feature some friendly competition for a good cause, along with chances at raffle prizes and small concessions being offered.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to Poston’s family in hopes to establish a trust fund for his daughter, that she can recieve when she turns 18.
And because this small town is known for pulling together in a time of need, Moore shared his gratitude to all of those who were so quick to lend a hand in the planning of this tournament.
“Keisha White is also an instrumental part in getting the raffle events to be drawn that day as well,” Moore noted. “While it is unfortunate to have to host an event for something so tragic, it is a great thing to see so many kind-hearted individuals come together to help Tyler’s family get through this unimaginable loss.”
And there is still plenty of time to help with this cause.
Men, grab your friends, create a team and register to play in the tournament. To do so contact John Paul at 304-612-1794.
Not interested in hitting the court, but still want to lend a hand? The event will be accepting donations for the raffle until July 25. Those wishing to contribute should contact White, Briana Wilfong or Jessalea Posey via Facebook.
Moore also revealed that while the contests will be free to watch, a donation jar will be set out for those who wish to make a monetary donation.