Dannemora Thursday, July 12 was the one perfectly clear day in a week full of frequent rain and thunderstorms. Fortunately, it was also the one day The Clinton County Youth Bureau set aside for the 7th Annual Thomas J. O'Connor Memorial Hoops For Youth 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, a tournament with a touching history.
Thomas J. O'Connor was a physical education teacher at Dannemora High School and later a counselor at the prison in Dannemora. One of his loves was working with youth through the Youth Bureau's sports programs. He coached youth basketball and baseball in Dannemora for many years. When he passed away in May of 2001, his wife, Marie, suggested that those wishing to make donations in his memory should donate money to the CC Youth Bureau.
When Mark Elmore, who was currently the CC recreation director, received the donation, he had an idea. Why not use the money to sponsor a youth basketball tournament in O'Connor's memory?
He contacted the family and they thought it was a great idea.
No time was wasted, and in less than two months after ThomaDannemora Thursday, July 12 was the one perfectly clear day for the 7th Annual Thomas J. O'Connor Memorial Hoops For Youth 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, a tournament with a touching history.s O'Connor's death, the first Hoops for Youth Tournament was held.
Elmore left his Youth Bureau job this May and relocated to North Carolina, but the Youth Bureau and the O'Connor family are committed to keeping the tournament an annual event. The O'Connor Family and High Peaks Dentistry sponsor the event yearly.
The new CC Recreation Director, Chris Trombley, was kept busy all day as were many of his colleagues and about 20 volunteers. Trombley, a native of Ellenburg, is enjoying his job as Clinton County Recreation Director, a job he began right after his graduation from Norwich University this May.