Students compete in memorial basketball tourney

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Area youth competed in a basketball tournament to honor the memory of a long-time Youngstown mentor.

Fourth, fifth and sixth graders from Youngstown City Schools and charter schools participated in the Second Annual Kevin Jackson Memorial Basketball Tournament on Saturday.

The event is a collaboration between the Juvenile Justice Center’s Judge Dellick Sports Program, Youngstown Schools and the city of Youngstown.

Jackson was the director of the court’s sports program. He also started the fourth through sixth grade basketball program through the city schools. Jackson died in 2013 of a heart attack.

“So many people have such a bad impression of our city kids. You look and see our kids have great sportsmanship. Their parents have great sportsmanship. This is what we need to do for our city, and this is what we need to do for all of our kids,” said Judge Theresa Dellick, Mahoning County Juvenile Court.

More than 100 students played in Saturday’s tournament.

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