Charity basketball tournament to launch in memory of young Jewish player

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On 3 September 2017, members of the London, Leeds and Manchester Jewish communities will be attending a charity basketball tournament, launched in memory of Jewish basketball player, George Goldstone. George passed away a year ago due to cancer, aged 32. The George Goldstone Charity 3v3 (GG3v3) eventis being held at JFS school, Harrow and will raise money for Jewish charity Chai Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Support.

The GG3v3 is being run by close friend, Martin Dyan, who met George while playing basketball at JLGB summer 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. He moved to West Hampstead, coincidentally nearby to Martin, and the two built on their friendship, playing basketball for several years together.

George was very active in the community, attending Friday night dinners and various charity events. He was diagnosed with cancer only a month into his marriage to Lauren and, just a year later, tragically passed away.

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.

The owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, one of the top teams in the NBA, sent an autographed player jersey and baseball cap.

Event details

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.

How to enter/buy tickets/donate: Go to www.GG3v3.com and follow Instagram and Twitter feeds for more information. A facebook event page is available too.

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 good 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 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.”

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.”

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.”