Charity basketball tournament to launch in memory of local playerThu, 10/08/2017
A charity basketball tournament is to launch in memory of local London basketball player George Goldstone, a champion of the sport who sadly passed away a year ago due to cancer, aged 32. The George Goldstone Charity 3v3 (GG3v3), which will see teams of three or four players compete for a trophy, is being held at Harrow’s JFS comprehensive school, 3 Sep 2017, and will raise money for two important charities, Macmillan Cancer Support and Chai Cancer Care.
George loved basketball and the GG3v3 will be a celebration of his life and what he felt the game stood for: competition, drive, loyalty, teamwork, and leadership. George was also an active organiser of charity events and so this tournament also represents his generosity and belief in doing the right thing.
The GG3v3 is being run by George’s close friend, Martin Dyan, who met George while playing basketball at youth camps when they were 12 years old. George, originally from Leeds, moved to London in his 20’s to develop his career in property law and coincidentally ended up living near Martin in North London. The two built on the friendship of their youth, again turning to the basketball courts, playing together for several years. George had only recently married when he was diagnosed with cancer. Only a year into his marriage to Lauren, he tragically passed away in July 2016.
The GG3v3 event is expected to raise a significant amount of money for the charities. It has gained a lot of recognition in a short time, with a growing following on the GG3v3 social media channels. Insurer Be Wiser was recently announced as the main sponsor and the National Basketball Association (NBA) has sent autographed jerseys to be auctioned. Volvic will be supplying water, Maximuscle will be providing snack bars and Brick Lane’s oldest bagelry ‘The Beigel Shop’ will be providing bagel sandwiches. High-end raffle prizes have been provided too, including West End Theatre Tickets and luxury leather bags from Aspinal.
Location: JFS comprehensive school, Kenton, Harrow, HA3 9TE
Time: Spectators invited to enjoy event activities, participate in the raffle and half-court shot competition and watch the live dunk show and knock-out tournament from 4.00pm-7.00pm.
Activities and entertainment: 3v3 Tournament. Half-court shot competition. Live dunk show by top UK dunkers. Live DJ. Raffle and auction.
Martin Dyan, GG3v3 Founder, said: “George and I shared a love of basketball and it is an honour to be putting on this event in his memory. George was a great man, a great friend, and a loving husband, brother and son so it was very tough for everyone when he passed away. A year on, this event will allow us to share in his love of the game, his sense of fun and his belief in supporting causes that mattered.
To have recognition from the NBA is incredible and we’re very fortunate and extremely appreciative of the sponsorship from Be Wiser. I am sure George would be proud of what we are trying to achieve with the GG3v3 and that, in his name, we are raising important funds for charities that make a real difference in people’s lives at a critical time.”
Andrew Dunkerley, Director of Marketing at Be Wiser Insurance said: “We are delighted to show our support for this event. We’ve seen the hard work put in to make this event work and we’re firm believers in supporting different charitable events, especially those that raise money for such important causes. We’re very excited for the GG3v3 and Be Wiser is very proud to be the main sponsor.”
Angela Kelly, Fundraising Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support said: “Macmillan Cancer Support is delighted to be chosen as one of the benefitting charities for GG3v3. Thanks to fantastic events like this, organised by dedicated supporters, Macmillan can reach and improve the lives of people living with cancer. With more and more people receiving a cancer diagnosis, the services of Macmillan Cancer Support are in increasing demand. We’re so pleased to be involved with the tournament look forward to seeing the teams compete and being there.”
Lisa Steele, CEO, Chai Cancer Care said: “We’re so grateful for the effort George’s friends and family have contributed to the GG3v3 which will raise money to help those needing the best care. We’re excited to be part of the event and we are sure it will be a really enjoyable day. I encourage everyone to show their support, by coming to cheer the teams on or by donating via the website.”
 The owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, one of the top teams in the NBA, sent an autographed player jersey and baseball cap