PATERSON, NJ - The first annual Nazerah's Hoop Dreams All Girls Basketball Tournament held over the past weekend at Tyrone Collins Memorial Basketball Courts, concluded with hundreds of spectators.
Nazerah Bugg, 14, was a dedicated basketball player at Kennedy High School that was tragically shot and killed on Sept. 20, 2014 while leaving a local eatery place.
Jamal Ramsey from Nazerah's Hoop Dreams Foundation stated, "We keep her name alive and do it for the community. This tragic event we turn it into a positive."
According to Ramsey, approximately 150 girls from Passaic and Bergen Counties as well as New York, with ages ranging from 8-years-old to 16-years-old participated in the tournament in several age groups. Event organizers are planning to host the tourney indoors in 2016, either at Kennedy High School or Passaic County Community College.
The community sporting event was supported by private as well as corporate donations, the City's Parks and Recreation Department and the Department of Public Works.
Tajae Stevenson, 16, a Kennedy High School student and a participant player in the event said, "It's actually great to do this for her."
The Foundation plans to hold a student scholarship gala in early 2016 as their first event of the year as well as conduct a 'Toys for Tots' and 'Feed the Hungry' campaigns next year.
For further inquiries or to give support to the Foundation, they can be reached at Nazerah's Hoop Dreams/Facebook.com.