Basketball tourney raises money to help families deal with loss of loved ones

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — A basketball tournament that raises money to help families deal with the loss of loved ones is scheduled for this weekend.

The Dunks for Drew basketball tournament is in its 11th year. The event raises money for the Drew Michael Taylor Foundation.

The tournament is in memory of Drew Michael Taylor, who died in a car accident when he was just 3 years old. Marcie Taylor says her son is gone, but will never be forgotten.

“From the time he died, I knew his three years would not be enough,” Taylor said. “I knew he had to continue to make an impact on this world.”

The foundation funds free grief counseling services for families in Shippensburg and the surrounding region.

Taylor said they provide counseling services at Shippensburg University and other locations, including The Center for Grieving Families in the downtown area.

“We can now offer services throughout the year,” Taylor said. “We have adult groups meeting and workshops for children.”

Taylor said they are working with more families who have lost loved ones to drug overdoses.

“We are seeing more children who have lost one or both parents,” she said “We are doing what we can to help them deal with their feelings.”

Dunks for Drew is a quadruple header basketball tournament that will take place on Saturday, Jan. 13 at Chambersburg Area Senior High School.

This year’s event will feature boys and girls varsity teams from high schools in the region (Chambersburg, Shippensburg, Greencastle-Antrim and Mechanicsburg).

Admission is $5. No passes are accepted. Money raised will fund the foundation’s grief education and support programs. Games will be held at 2:30, 4, 6, and 7:30 p.m.

For more information on the Drew Michael Taylor foundation visit: http://drewmichaeltaylor.org/

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