Hoops helped bring hope

For three days beginning October 15, nearly seventy fourth graders competed in the 1st Annual Rory Deutsch Basketball Tournament and raised more than $850 for pediatric brain tumor research. Highland Park resident Rick Siegel, CEO of the Denver-based Apollo Group computer consulting firm, put together the fall tournament with the help of Vern Reich, who heads up the Small Fry basketball program in Highwood, Illinois. Named in Rory’s memory, the tournament sought fourth grade students from all around the Chicago area to participate. Some special features of the event included a three-point shooting contest for fathers and sons, and the professional announcing skills of sports radio personality Mike North. The tournament is another event that continues to support The Foundation.

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