The coronavirus pandemic is bringing almost everything to a halt. We want normal...whatever the new normal will be. Unfortunately for us, it's bringing a stop to another local event and this one helps kids in our area.

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It's a basketball tournament that has honored the memory of a child for the last 8 years. It's the Mase Madness basketball tournament that runs in August and it raises money for the underprivileged children in our community. I've had the chance to officiate at the event throughout the years and look forward to it every year.

Mase Madness is in honor of Mason Pierre McKan. He was born on July 13th, 2011, and was only with us until January 26th, 2012. He may have only been here for a little over 6 months but his life has inspired many.

The tournament raises money for the "Mason P. McKan Benevolence Fund which supports local community programs. It's not just basketball but raffle baskets (well over a hundred) and monetary donations too.

The money made provides the community's youth with scholarships and helps them with their dreams of athletic and personal success. It supports the kids and their families in our area that have also faced tragedies and misfortune in their lives.

Here's the sad news: Due to the COVID-19 crisis, they have made the heart-breaking decision to cancel this year's tournament. They are hoping to have a virtual event in its place so they can meet their commitments.

So it's on pause for 2020 (what hasn't been) but will return in August 2021 for it's regularly scheduled awesomeness.

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