Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00
Hempstead Town Councilman Gary Hudes is encouraging residents to support a Levittown native Bobby Nagelberg and his family by participating in Backin’ Bobby 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament being held from Friday, June 22 through June 24 at St. Bernard’s Church.
The tournament will financially benefit Nagelberg as his family deals with the extraordinary costs associated with his surgery and treatment for a brain tumor.
Nagelberg grew up playing basketball at St. Bernard’s Parish, playing through his senior year in high school. In fact, his travel team won three diocesan championships. Seven players on that team, including Nagelberg, played together from fourth grade through their high school graduation.
In Nagelberg’s last semester at Suffolk Community College this past January he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Following surgery in February and ongoing radiation, Nagelberg has maintained a positive outlook.
“My children played CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) basketball for many years at St. Bernard’s,” noted Hudes. “I remember how caring and giving the volunteers were at that time. Although many years have passed since my children played CYO basketball, this obviously has not changed. I encourage any members of the community who have had children play CYO basketball over the years to become involved with this fundraiser and support a neighbor.”
The fundraiser, hosted by St. Bernard’s Basketball is a three-day 3-on-3 tournament. There is a $100 entry fee for each team of up to four players (one alternate). The registration deadline is Monday, June 18. For more information or to obtain registration forms, contact Bob Thomas at (516) 382-0382.
The organizers of the tournament also encourage local residents to come down and support their Nagelberg fundraising efforts at the alumni games featuring players from MacArthur, Division and Island Trees High Schools. One of the games was held on June 14, the second game will be held on Friday, June 15 at 6 p.m. in the St. Bernard’s gym.