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Support Saving 8 Basketball Tournament

  • 1801 North Broom Street Wilmington, DE, 19802 United States (map)

March Madness continues!! Join us for the Support Saving 8 Basketball Tournament Saturday March 30th at Salesianum High School!

UPDATED: Thanks to an anonymous donor, the teams participating in the tournament will EACH get a chance to take home $500!!! One person from each team will receive 2 attempts to sink a basket from half-court for $500 for their team! A raffle will also be held allowing 3 people from the stands a shot to win $500 as well! If any half-court shots are made, an additional matching $500 donation will be made to the Gift of Life in the name of the team members or raffle winners!!! Cheer on teams from Archmere, Padua, Sanford, Salesianum, Tatnall, Ursuline and Wilmington Friends! Come out and support raising awareness for Organ Donation! Just one organ donor can potentially save 8 lives!!

Background (reprinted in part from the Archmere Academy website): On Tuesday, March 4th, Gabby Penna and Reid Hartman spoke at Archmere Academy’s student assembly about their newly formed Auks Support Life Club. At the end of last year, Gabby and Reid started the club with the main goal of providing support to the Gift of Life Organization. As of this past summer, they have clubs established at seven other Delaware High Schools, created to raise awareness about the importance of organ donor registration.

During the assembly, special guests Ms. Colleen Duran, Volunteer Coordinator at the Gift of Life Donor Program, and Ms. Wanda Griffiths, heart recipient and Volunteer Ambassador with Gift of Life, spoke to the Archmere students. They educated the students on the Gift of Life Donor Program, which is the nation's leading organ procurement organization, coordinating more organ and tissue donors than anywhere else in the United States. Serving more than 11.2 million people across the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, they help to coordinate the recovery and distribution of organs and tissues used in life-saving and life-enhancing transplants.

Gabby and Reid began their club last year with the intention to raise funds to offset the costs of organ transplantation & family support services, while also bringing the Delaware Community together. Each April, Gift of Life hosts a Donor Dash in celebration of the life-saving power of organ and tissue donation and to honor the donors who make it possible. For this year's Donor Dash on April 14th, Gabby and Reid are orchestrating one big team of student participants from Archmere, Charter School of Wilmington, Padua, Salesianum, Sanford, Tatnall, Ursuline, and Wilmington Friends on Team Penna. In order to secure bus transportation for all the involved schools, they are hosting a basketball tournament to raise money. 

The basketball tournament will be held at Salesianum on March 30th from 4 - 8 pm. Seven of the schools will all be participating in the tournament, and each will be able to submit teams of 5 to 7 players. 

We hope you can join us at the tournament!

Earlier Event: December 2
Anthony Penna Awards Celebration
Later Event: April 14
24th Annual Gift of Life Donor Dash