Around the Tiers: Mase Madness Basket Tournament

By Conor Mooney

July 16, 2013 Updated Jul 19, 2013 at 10:35 AM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) Attention athletes, don't miss your chance to play in a basketball tournament for a good cause. Ron and Kate McKan came by to tell us about a tournament for a good cause.

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The two released the following statement:

The annual "Mase Madness" Basketball Tournament will bring the community together to raise money for the "Mason P. McKan Benevolence Fund, Inc."

The fund will be used to send deserving but underprivileged children to our local BX Strength and Training training center throughout their high school career.

This highly acclaimed training facility, located right here in our community, provides young and aspiring student-athletes, the opportunity to develop the skills, discipline and a competitive advantage to excel in their chosen sport. Its resources help set the stage for a lifetime of success that a child may have never had the chance to achieve.

By way of this annual tournament, Mason's name and memory will also serve to help continue and extend to our community, the concepts of love, caring, and doing for others. I hope that you will join together with us to move his memory forward for this very worthwhile cause.

The tournament runs August 9 to the 11 at Johnson City Middle School.

There will be a silent auction featuring over 250 Items, including autographed Memorabilia of famous stars, such as Jim Kelly, Phil Simms, Ben Rothlesberger, Warren Moon, Ronnie Lott and Steve Young.

Billy Owens will also make an appearance to sign autographs and take photos on Saturday, August 10.

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Mason Pierre McKan passed away of SIDS in 2012.

His parents also added, "By way of this annual tournament, Mason’s name and memory will also serve to help continue and extend to our community, the concepts of love, caring, and doing for others. The funds raised at each tournament will be put into the “Mason P. McKan Benevolence Fund” to help underprivileged children pursue their dreams of athletic and personal success. The funds raised each year will also support worthy local and community benevolence programs, including those people and families in our local area who have also faced tragedies and misfortunes in their lives as well."

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