The Dacula Tip Off Club is proud to announce their hosting of the inaugural Craig Sager Memorial Basketball Tournament. Proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Center of Atlanta. The tournament dates are November 18th, 20th and 21st 2017. Each team participating will be given a 3 game guarantee, and there will be a tournament for both boys’ and girls’ teams. All games will be played at Dacula High School, Dacula, Georgia. Teams outside the metro Atlanta area can make travel arrangements with Matthew Frain at Sport-Travel 1-800-304-6346 x 332. Teams in the Metro Atlanta Area can contact Dr. Russell Triaga at 678 386-9353 or via email at [email protected] .
The Dacula basketball family is honored to host a tournament cherishing the memory of one of Atlanta’s finest while doing our part to contribute to this most needed cause. Below is a brief biography of just a few of Craig Sager’s accomplishments. A lifelong passion for sports paved the legendary career of Hall of Fame sideline reporter Craig Sager. Known for his colorful and distinctive suits during his more than 40-year career, his unforgettable interviews, personality and style were woven into the excitement and history of some of basketball and the sports world’s greatest moments.
Although Sager covered a wide variety of events, including college football, the NFL, the World Series, the Goodwill Games, the Pan Am Games, World Cup soccer, golf, tennis and the Winter and Summer Olympics, his home was the NBA.
In April of 2014, Sager was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). This was the start of a battle that would inspire millions of people and profoundly increase awareness for AML. He underwent three bone marrow transplants in a 25-month span and included more than 20 chemotherapy cycles, some lasting two straight weeks of 24 hour-a-day treatment. Despite the severity of the diagnosis and the daily fight for his life, Sager returned to the sidelines in 2015 and again in 2016 where he covered the entire playoffs, including Game 6 of the finals after TNT and ESPN worked out a deal to honor the Turner veteran on an ESPN/ABC broadcast.
Sager was a force in bringing the sports community together and players and fellow broadcasters rallied around him during his fight. Reporters began using the hashtag #SidelineForSager and dressing in colorful outfits to show their support. In April 2016, Atlanta-native and Hawks center Dwight Howard and his D12 Foundation held a blood drive to honor Sager.
“On behalf of the Sager family, we’d like to say we’re thrilled to see our father honored in such an exciting and important way. He made his mark throughout the sports world by not only bringing out the best in others, but by showcasing it to the rest of the world; what better way could there be to continue this legacy than to embrace that spirit at the high school level? We know he would be beyond proud to see everyone gather in his name to take part in what always brought him the most joy: surrounding ourselves with friends, both old and new, to have some fun and catch a few games.”
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