Joe DeMarco Basketball Tournament
The Joe DeMarco Basketball Tournament is the largest grammar school tournament in Western New York. JV and varsity teams from Catholic grammar schools around the area compete in an eight-day tournament named for and played in honor of Joe DeMarco, a beloved science teacher and basketball coach at Nativity who passed away in 2006.
The tournament is an exciting week-and-a-half of games for the participants and their families. Sixteen teams compete in a round robin format with the championship game held on the last Sunday. During the tournament, spectators enjoy the games, a Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle, half-court shooting contest, and the concession stand while watching competitive youth basketball.
The 9th Annual Joe Demarco Basketball Tournament will be held January 25 – February 5, 2017. The championship game will be played Sunday, February 5th.
This Year’s Tournament
For details on the participating teams, the game schedule and sponsorship/donation opportunities, check out our Joe DeMarco Fundraising Page:
Supporting Nativity’s Athletics
In addition to being a wonderful experience for the teams and kids, the Joe DeMarco Basketball Tournament is critical to funding the athletics programs at Nativity. The money raised during the tournament in the past years has been put toward:Gym Floor Refinishing Volleyball net system Weather-resistant rugs Basketball rack and balls Popcorn Machine Recess basketball hoop Outdoor recess equipment Sports uniforms for grades 1-8
Helping Local Charities
A portion of the money raised also goes to local charities. Past recipients include:The Ronald McDonald House St. Augustine School and Nativity Miguel Parish Big Brothers & Big Sisters Dreams of Heart Camp Family Justice Center St Monica’s School
The schools that participate tend to vary from year to year. Past participants we’ve been honored to host include:
All of the families from the participating schools are encouraged to come to the tournament and cheer on the teams. Please visit our Joe DeMarco Fundraising Page for all the specifics on this year’s tourney, including the schedule.
Volunteers and Donations Needed!
If you are interested in volunteering for the tournament or making a donation for the concession stand, please use the following link.