PLAINFIELD, NJ — Kayla Spooner was supposed to graduate from high school in 2020; instead, at just 15-years-old, she passed away in September 2017.  Friends and family are determined to keep her memory alive by holding a basketball tournament fundraiser this Saturday, and proceeds will help fund scholarships for Plainfield graduating students who want to enter the medical field.

Terence Johnson's non-profit P.A.R.C. organization and Kayla's mom, Keisha Petterway, created the Kayla Spooner Memorial Basketball Showcase that will feature local basketball teams.

Johnson said, "Kayla was my goddaughter, and she loved sporting events."  He added, "Her love for her life was unmatched, she continued to get good grades and wanted to become a nurse to help other sick children.  You would have never known she was suffering because she continued to smile and work!  I continue to get my strength from her legacy."

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Board of Education President Richard Wyatt said, "The Kayla Spooner Memorial Showcase is a multifaceted basketball tournament" that allows players to showcase their skills and talent on the court.

Wyatt noted, "Proceeds raised in honor of this event directly benefit our young scholars on their road to college and academic excellence. Furthermore, this event honors the legacy of a phenomenal young lady who is gone too soon. As always, Terence Johnson and his team continues to do the necessary work in our community in a remarkable fashion."

The goal, Johnson said, is to raise $5,000.  Tickets are $8 for adults, and $5 for students at the door.  Tickets can also be purchased in advance for just $5.

The lineup for Saturday is as follows:

  • 10:00 a.m. - Weequahic vs. Plainfield (Girls)
  • 11:30 a.m. - Union vs. Hackensack
  • 1:00 p.m. - Dunellen vs. Dickinson (JC)
  • 2:30 p.m. - Newark Central vs. Lincoln (JC)
  • 4:00 p.m. - Irvington vs. Sinai Christian Academy
  • 5:30 p.m. - St. Benedict's vs. Plainfield (Boys)

All games will be played at Plainfield High School, at 950 Park Avenue.  For more information, contact Terence Johnson at 908-456-0258, or visit the website here. is Plainfield's free online daily newspaper for Plainfield, NJ news. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook, Twitter @PlainfieldTAP, and on Instagram @tapintoplainfield for all of your Plainfield local news.

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