MORRISTOWN, NJ - The high temperatures on Saturday did not deter members of the community as they gathered at the Cauldwell Park Playground to help raise money for the Neighborhood house.
Morristown Detective Pino explained, “This past April, a fire broke out in an apartment complex on Flagler Street and many families were displaced.”
The tragedy effected Detective Pino and he began thinking of ways to give back to the
community. He decided to form a 3 on 3 basketball tournament where the proceeds would go to the Neighborhood House.
The Neighborhood House along with Cornerstone Family Programs provide resources to people living in Morris County. According to officials, both organizations have impacted the lives of 10,000 residents within various communities by helping people build better lives.
Detective Pino advertised the tournament through fliers and on various social media outlets. Eleven teams entered the tournament and each team had between 3-5 players.
As temperatures climbed into the 90's, the energy on the court was even higher. The grill was in constant use while music played in the background. Team members cheered each other on while community members gathered to watch the games.
Rakesh Iyer, Steve Parsons, and Michael Roundtree have been friends for years. Parsons grew up in Morristown and attended Morristown High.
“Our team’s name is Curry Up and Shoot,” said Iyer.
“We thought this would be a great way to play basketball while donating to a great cause,”
Tim, Derek, Sean and Matt, members of team, Go Or Go Home, were happy to be a part of the
charity event. In addition to enjoying a day of basketball and contributing to a great cause they
were also the winners of the tournament.
Detective Pino will be presenting a check from the proceeds to the Neighborhood House and hopes the competition will become an annual event.