ROXBURY, NJ – It’s never too late to donate to a good cause unless that cause is the annual Layups 4 Life charity basketball tournament and the date is June 15.
“We are officially closing the door on our 2017 fundraising efforts on Wendesday June 14,” said a June 4 announcement from former Roxbury resident Dan Exter, the creator of the 3-on-3 hoops tournament that took place April 29 at Roxbury High School.
The tournament raises money for cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the facility that successfully treated Exter when he was diagnosed with leukemia in 2013 at 27 years old. This year, Exter hopes to raise $25,000 to give to the hospital.
He’s close to that goal. The online donation page shows a current tally of about $18,500, but several thousand more was raised at the tournament.
“You can still make a difference,” stated Exter, now a Jersey City resident. “Help us hit our fundraising goal of $25,000. Every little bit helps.”
Exter organized another fundraising event – a June 4 “Hardwood Classics Party” at The Ainsworth pub and restaurant in New York City – from which a portion of the establishment’s proceeds will be donated to Layups 4 Life.
Additionally, Exter – a Roxbury High School graduate - posted a video from the tournament that shows young and old, male and female participants displaying their basketball skills: