Mase Madness Tips Off To Give Back

By WBNG News

August 11, 2012 Updated Aug 13, 2012 at 9:37 AM EST

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A local family is using a tragedy in their lives to give back to others in the community.

The Mase Madness Tournament tipped off early Saturday morning at the Johnson City Middle School.

Thirty teams competed in three divisions, Men's Competitive, Men's Recreational and High School Girls.

This is the first year of what will be an annual event.

The tournament is held as a remembrance for Mason Pierre McKan, whose life was cut short as a result of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome at the age of 6 months.

"I'm like in awe. I'm still shocked that we've seen so many people come through these doors. Not to mention the hundreds of people who have supported us by sponsoring teams, by donating food and drinks, and baskets. We have a silent auction here with over 140 items and I think something like this is beautiful and wonderful to have this community come together for such a great cause," said organizer of the event and mother of the late Mason McKan, Kate McKan.

"Just to be able to drive up and see all the hard work they put into this and you know the impact that they're making for local kids in our community," said Jim Evans of Philadelphia.

All of the proceeds from The "Mase Madness" Tournament will go to the Mason P. McKan Scholarship Fund.

The fund will be used to send children to the local BX Strength and Speed Development training center throughout their high school career.