The holiday season is here and showing thanks are Triad teens who have the opportunity to give back. The David Lash/Chronicle Holiday Junior Varsity Basketball Tournament does just that. The Lash/Chronicle Tournament is in its’ 21st season proceeding full steam ahead. Giving back to the community was a quality of David Lash, former teacher, coach and mentor for whom the tournament is partially named alongside The Chronicle, Winston-Salem’s choice for community news. Lash made an imprint on his community and they will continue to support his cause and carry the torch.
The David Lash/Chronicle Tournament encompasses a healthy competition between thirteen high schools in the Piedmont Triad. Prior to the athletic competition, each school will be given a bin to collect donated socks for the homeless right here in our community. Beginning on December 15th, 2012, the tournament begins with Play-In games to narrow the competition into a winners and a losers bracket. The remaining tournament consists of double-elimination basketball games over the course of a few days. The home site for the tournament is Carver High School in addition to two games on December 20th, 2012, which will be held at Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy. The Champions of the tournament will be recognized following the final game on December 22nd, 2012. The school that collects the greatest number of socks, aiding in the collaborative effort to clothe the homeless, receives a $500 prize as well as a Krispy Kreme donut party.
Raising awareness of the increasing reality of homelessness in their own backyard is a responsibility that the youth of the Triad take seriously and get excited about. “The David/Lash Chronicle Tournament is an event that Junior Varsity basketball players in Forsyth County look forward to each and every year,” says Coach Wynn, retired coach and mentor. “The tournament is highly competitive backed by very enthusiastic parents and fans. It provides great exposure for future varsity players and possible college athletes.”