Organizers are getting ready for the fourth annual Brandon Jackson basketball tournament and scholarship fundraiser. Community support, donations and spectator attendance have grown over the past years, said David Williams, Tournament Director. "We've been blessed because we are doing the right thing," he added.
Brandon Jackson was gunned down on a street in Altadena, February 12, 2011. The popular John Muir High School student athlete had just turned 18. The crime remains unsolved.
Organizers say the sports events and scholarships, in the slain teen's name, help turn a tragedy into hope for other young people. "His (Brandon's) spirit and energy, how he motivated people, has his imprint on this event." Williams continued, "You can see and feel it."
The basketball tournament is set for June 21st, starting at 8 a.m. at Muir High School. This year's Brandon Jackson Memorial Scholarships will be awarded at 6:30 pm.
After the May 15th deadline for scholarship applications, a committee will review them, and select the finalists. The scholarship recipients are chosen after personal interviews.
A total of $25,000 in scholarships were handed out over the past three years, said Debra Williams, Director, Brandon Jackson Memorial Scholarship.
Tournament Director David Williams said his future goal is to expand the event from one day to two. He also wants to attract more business and corporate support from the Pasadena/Altadena area and beyond.
For information about how to sign up for this year's tournament, make donations, volunteer and more, go to www.bjscholarship.org.