Rotary tournament helps local charities
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.”