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6th Annual Tony G Basketball Tournament Remembers Former UWS Student

By KBJR News 1

August 6, 2010 Updated Apr 20, 2010 at 2:54 AM CDT

A tragic car accident that took the life of a U–W–Superior student has brought the community together for a good cause for the sixth year in a row.

5 years ago, Tony Gigliotti lost his life on the snowy roads of I–35.

A group of friends wanted to keep his memory alive by putting on a basketball tournament in his honor.

His former college roommate says he can't think of a better way to pay tribute to his friend.

"Tony loved basketball and he loved, he was just a people person so it made sense to try to do something like this, to not only bring people together to play basketball but also brings the community together for a good event."

The 6th Annual Tony G tournament has more than doubled in size over the last five years...it began with around 40 teams and this year they're up to 96 teams.

Over the years more than $40,000 has been raised.
The money provides a scholarship each year to a U–W–S student who is majoring in legal studies.

This year the event is also donating some of the money to the second harvest food bank.