Ro­tary tour­na­ment helps lo­cal char­i­ties

The Globe - - POLICEREPORTS - By Caitlin Burns

While many stu­dents en­joyed the hol­i­day sea­son over win­ter break, sev­eral boys and girls bas­ket­ball teams from around the area were com­pet­ing in the Huntingdon 9DOOHy-ChuUFhYLOOH 5RWDUy COuE’V fiIWh Dn­nual Hol­i­day Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment Dec. 27 and 28.

Eight teams to­tal com­peted to win the girls and boys cham­pi­onships. Four boys and four girls teams, in­clud­ing rp­per Me­rion High School boys team, Lower Moreland High School boys and girls teams, and Gi­rard Col­lege girls team, com­peted for a school plaque and in­di­vid­ual gold medals. To­gether, along with the Ro­tary, ap­prox­i­mately A1,000 was raised to go to a lo­cal char­ity, Ro­tary Pres­i­dent Lee Adams said.

“We have a good work­ing re­la­tion­ship [with Lower Moreland High School],” Ad- ams said. “Ev­ery­thing we make out of this tour­na­ment goes to char­ity.”

In pre­vi­ous years, Adams said, the money has been do­nated to or­ga­ni­za­tions that help can­cer pa­tients and re­search ef­forts, char­i­ties help­ing peo­ple with po­lio and non­prof­its that fund cleft palate pro­ce­dures. This year’s re­cip­i­ent has not yet been de­cided.

“For my­self, I raised four daugh­ters and have 13 grand­chil­dren. Thank God they’re all healthy,” Adams said. “I was very for­tu­nate in my life. It’s time for me to give back to the com­mu­nity.”

Adams said each year Lower Moreland High School al­lows Ro­tary to host the tour­na­ment while stu­dents are on win­ter break. He said the whole Lower Moreland com­mu­nity has been sup­port­ive of the ef­fort by par­tic­i­pat­ing and coming out as au­di­ence mem­bers.

“The stu­dents just keep coming back,” Adams said. “I can’t say enough about how gra­cious the school is to us.”

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