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Joe DeMarco Basketball Tournament

bball-whistle 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 10th Annual Joe Demarco Basketball Tournament will be held January 24 – February 4, 2018.  The championship game will be played Sunday, February 4th.

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
 

Past Participants

The schools that participate tend to vary from year to year.  Past participants we’ve been honored to host include:

Sts. Peter & Paul, Hamburg
St. John Vianney
Southtowns Catholic
St. Gregory the Great
St. Mark's School
Nardin Academy

Immaculate Conception
Northern Chautauqua Catholic School
St Aloysius
Notre Dame Academy
St. Andrews
Discovery School
Our Lady of Victory
Nativity of Williamsville
St. John the Baptist of Alden
St. Ambrose
St. Bernadette's
Our Lady of Sacred Heart

Join Us!

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 contact the school.

2018 Game Schedule