The Travis Wesby Memorial Basketball Marathon is an annual initiative of the Wesby family; hosted to honor the memory of a beloved brother, son, nephew, grandson and cousin who, on July 30, 2008, was a victim of the senseless violence that we live within our city today. This year’s marathon was hosted on July 17, 2010, and had participation of teams from all across the city. The spectator support was overwhelming as people gathered to watch the event from beginning to end. Despite the early morning threat of rain, teams and supporters stayed. The event tipped off with eight teams, including the defending champions “Ring Road”. The level of competition was superb, as each team displayed their determination and desire to win. Spectators were amazed with the high flying abilities some players displayed with their series of spectacular dunks and impressive moves.
The games progressed nicely, as it was evident that everyone came out to play basketball and enjoy a wonderful day. In the latter part of the day the rain came but spirits prevailed and the two teams who made it to the finals decided to wait it out. The crowd sheltered under the big tent and enjoyed the music of the Dignitariz. The final game saw Ring Road squad, defending champions, and Kings Park boys battling for the top prize. When the dust settled, Kings Park boys walked away with the prize and trophies after winning by one point in a heavily contested game.
The level of skill and competition improves each year as participants bring out the ‘best of the best’ in order to get that extra edge to walk away with the prize. It is the annual support of players, spectators and sponsors that motivate us to host this memorial event.
The day, fun filled and exiting, serves as a peaceful way to reminisce on loved ones that we have lost; and also offers comfort because we know that Travis is pleased with the level of support and participation.
The event was made an overwhelming success thanks to the sponsorship of Amandala, KREM Radio and others.