As many of you know, I just finished my 30th year as a basketball referee and it's something that I truly love. It's gotten tougher through the years and I'm glad that New York State is doing something to try and make it easier on us.

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However, there are so many good things about being a basketball official that make it worthwhile. We are in the middle of the Unified basketball season and if you have a chance to see these youngsters play, it'll bring such joy to your heart.

Another worthwhile event is the Police Week Charity Basketball Tournament and they have asked me to be a part of it again this year. It'll take place on Saturday, May 20th at the Johnson City Middle School as local police battle it out on the hardwood for a good cause.

Police Week Charity Basketball Tournament In Johnson City

The tournament picks a different charity or cause and this year, they will honor Dan Kaczynski. Dan was killed by a drunk driver in a tragic car accident in February. Dan would go out of his way to make a person smile or laugh. It didn't matter what was going on, he wouldn't hesitate to put his stuff aside to help others out.

A fund has been set up to help his children and all of the proceeds from the Police Charity Basketball Tournament go to that fund set up at Tioga State Bank. The police games begin at 12 p.m. and the your paid admission includes entry to all the games, food and drinks, entertainment and more. There'll be gun, basket and cash raffles along with door prizes too.

The championship game will tip-off at 3 p.m. at the Johnson City Middle School. I'm honored to be asked to be a part of this and I hope that you'll have a chance to stop by for this worthy cause.

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