Letter Club hosts 3-on-3 basketball tournament

Justin Suzzan, Contributing Writer

There are many clubs here at Schreiber with wide-ranging presences.  One of these clubs is the Letter Club.

The club is open to all Schreiber sports participants, and members of this club participate in fundraising events to help the community.

Some of these past events include the Elks Hoop Shoot, Family Holiday Basket, and the Fifth Grade Fun Day.

On Nov. 3, the club hosted its 3-on-3 basketball tournament, and it was a success.

“It was really fun to play basketball all day against other teams,” said freshman Dylan Spilko.  “Although my team didn’t win I had a great time playing some competitive basketball.”

In total, eleven competitive teams participated, which made for a very exciting day.

A team that was comprised of sophomores Jake Block, Tristan Duarte, Michael Esposito, and Xavier Meriweather came out on top.

Each of the winners received a $10 gift card to Smashburger, and, more importantly, the pride of being the best out of ten other competing teams.

But what makes this event significant is that it is not about winning.  This tournament is unique because it allows anyone in the school to play.  All were encouraged to participate, and it was a way to raise a little extra money while having fun at the same time.

The tournament raised $138, and the money will be used for club expenses, such as t-shirts and other funds needed to support activities sponsored by the Letter Club.

This event is different from most The Letter Club-sponsored events.  the Letter Club sponsors many events throughout the year such as food, toy, and clothing drives.

Among the people who helped organize the 3-on-3 tournament was senior and Letter Club vice president Drew Hamroff.

“It was a lot of fun and it took a lot of brainstorming putting together the whole thing in terms of figuring out brackets, prizes, and gym times,” said Hamroff.

The Letter Club will continue to host events in the future.  The club will be hosting a food drive throughout the month of November, and for the holidays they will be raising money to provide food and presents for families that are less fortunate.

“We have adopted a family with Our Lady of Fatima Church and are raising money to provide food and presents for them for the holidays,” said sophomore and club president Lizzie Witkow.  “This event was very successful.  Hopefully we will continue to have events like this in the future.”

All of the Letter Club’s past and future events share one common purpose: to improve our community.

The Letter Club plans to continue to host events and to raise money that helps support local charities.

One complaint that some participants had was the hands-off approach of the refs, which caused a minor altercation during one game.

“Overall, I enjoyed the event,” said sophomore Aaron Siff-Scherr.  “However, the refs needed to assert themselves a little more. It got a

little physical at times.”