Basketball tournament to help families with children battling illness

A 3-on-3 basketball tournament will take place April 15 at Safford High School, with proceed to benefit the nonprofit group Families Fighting Cancer Together. - Markus Spiske Photo/Pexels

SAFFORD — Families Fighting Cancer Together announced its second annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will take place Saturday, April 15 in the Safford High School gymnasiums.

The tournament is open to players of all skill levels and ages.

“Ages of 10 on up, and that includes adults if they want to put a team together. It’s $100 a team,” said organization founder Luke Hatch. “They will get a round-robin and games after that, so it will be a full day of playing for those who register.”

In the younger age groups — 10 and under to 14 and under — will be co-ed, while the other age groups will be separated by gender.

The event will also feature a Soda Shoot out and a 3-point Contest.

Funds raised will be used to help families with children battling serious medical illness. The nonprofit organization continues help 11 Gila Valley families with expenses.

“I try to tell them upfront, ‘Do not ever be afraid to ask. The community is behind us and behind you. These donations are specifically to help you.’ So don’t be afraid to say, ‘Hey, we have a trip coming up next week and it’s going to be three or four days in the hospital.’ I will take care of those things for you, so just let me know and I will be happy to help out,” Hatch said.

The first tournament saw more than 120 players participate. To register a team, go to 3×3 Basketball Fundraiser (