BRONX, N.Y., Aug. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- This year's Gardiner Memorial Foundation Basketball Tournament marked the 10th year in a row the attorneys at Gersowitz Libo and Korek, P.C. and the Gardiner Foundation served the Bronx Community through a fun-filled weekend of basketball and giving. This year's event, the largest-to-date in both attendees and contributions, took place at St. James Park, August 15-16, bringing over 3,500 fans to the park.
Those who attended the free event, were treated to live local music, dance performances, and non-stop street basketball, showcasing some of the nation's best talent, with complimentary food and beverages.
With sponsorship from Lawyertime.com and generous contributions from, Steiner Sports, Kyrie Irving, The New York Knicks, The Garden of Dreams, The Brooklyn Nets, and private donors, the Gardiner Foundation was able to give away, five college scholarships to college-bound high school seniors, over 450 backpacks filled with school supplies, and 20 Samsung tablets to local students. Other items generously gifted to the community include, autographed memorabilia by Mariano Rivera and Chris Paul, donated by Steiner Sports, and 23 pairs of sneakers and tee-shirts, donated by Kyrie Irving. The New York Knicks donated 100 tee-shirts and drawstring bags.
The following teams competed, Lawyertime.com, Kurt's Flirt, Shane All Star, Body Snatchers, Team Long Island, Team Philly, Buffalo, and Gun Hill. Gun Hill replaced Team Mississippi. The Championship was Kurt's Flirt against Gun Hill (both from the Bronx), and Gun Hill won the championship.
The tournament also featured the first-ever girl's 14 to 17-year-old all-star game on Sunday before the Championship. Girls teams were the Long Island Lightning versus Castle Athletic's Lady Knights. The girls that played with the Long Island Lightning AAU program, are part of Island Garden in West Hempstead, NY. Jim Fox and Sandy Rossen coached the Long Island Lightning team and Roger Collier and Curtis Simpson coached the Lady Knights team.
"I've always loved basketball, and ever since I met Dexter and got involved with his foundation, basketball means so much more," said Jeff Korek of Gersowitz Libo and Korek, P.C. "Lending a local community a helping hand in the face of untimely loss and tragedies, and creating pathways for brighter tomorrows with basketball, merges two of my passions. I look forward to continuing to serve the Bronx community with Dexter and the Gardiner Foundation for many years to come."
Lawyertime.com and the Gardiner Foundation want to thank the attendees, donations, and media coverage that aided in the public awareness, new partnerships, and funds that helped make this year's event successful.
Donations are still being accepted to fund scholarships for 2016, and the Gardiner Foundation's Tru-Talk Program, Turkey Give-Away, and mentoring trips. Those who wish to contribute, please visit: https://www.lawyertime.com/gardiner-foundation/ or send a check made payable to The Gardiner Foundation c/o Gersowitz Libo and Korek, P.C., 111 Broadway, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10006. Donations are tax deductible.
About Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. and the Gardiner Foundation
The experienced personal injury/medical malpractice attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. have been aggressively fighting for victims' rights in New York and New Jersey for over 30 years. They are dedicated to the pursuit of justice for those who have suffered in the face of negligence or recklessness in the courtroom and beyond. They lend an advocacy hand as sponsors for worthy initiatives.
The Gardiner Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) charity that was established in 2006 by Dexter Gardiner, in memory of six of his family members whose lives were lost in a car accident on the Bronx River Parkway. The Foundation offers a variety of support to community members experiencing various social and financial needs, ranging from college scholarships to burial assistance, spiritual mentoring and guidance.https://www.lawyertime.com/
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