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Alray Scholars Program plans 3-on-3 charity basketball tournament

Posted by Justin Rice  July 25, 2013 03:31 PM

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The Alray Scholars Program is hosting its first-ever charity basketball tournament on Sept. 21 at the UMass-Clark Athletic Center (100 Morrissey Blvd).

The 3-on-3 tournament is an effort to increase awareness about the Alray Scholars Program, which gives scholarships to Boston public school alumni who have left college for various reasons and anticipate going back to school.

“We wanted to tie in educational roots with basketball,” said Janet Altman, who chairs the program’s tournament committee. “Alray played basketball and we are doing this event in memory of him.”

Taylor grew up in Mission Hill and helped the Charlestown basketball team win three of their four consecutive state championships. He received a Division 1 scholarship to the University of New Hampshire and had to transfer due to a series of unfortunate events, including the death of his parents within a six-month span.

But as he worked to get his life back on track, Taylor was shot to death in broad daylight three days before his 22nd birthday in 2006.

Founded in 2008, the Alray Scholars Program was inspired by The Assist, a book about Jack O’Brien’s championship teams at Charlestown that was written by Boston Globe writer Neil Swidey.

O’Brien and Swidey are both on the Alray Scholars board white Globe Correspondent Justin A. Rice is on the tournament committee.

WEEI radio host Michael Holley will host the event to support the efforts of the scholars program.

Ed Walker, a board member of the program who founded Independent Consultants of Education, will speak to the teams before the tournament. Walker is a BPS alum who was named a Boston Globe Diversity Champion last year.

Altman said their goal is to raise at least $5,000.

Charging $125 per team, tournament organizers hope to get corporate sponsors to donate to the event. A maximum of 32 teams are allowed to enter the tournament.

“We are trying to seek corporate sponsors,” Altman said. “We are trying not to charge too much per team and we are looking for the sponsors to make up for that.”

The tournament is just one way the program is looking to make the Boston community more sentient about their scholars program.

“It’s just a way for the community to support graduates of the Boston public schools in returning to college,” Altman said. “We call it a second chance.”

To register for the tournament, click here.

For corporate sponsorship opportunities click here.

James Whitter is a student at the O'Bryant School who writes for Teens in Print.

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