Youth play for Kordziel fund

LAKE PLACID - Hundreds of kids ran, jumped and dribbled in the Lake Placid High School gymnasium Jan. 29, all for a good cause.

The fourth annual Jim Kordziel Memorial Youth Basketball Play Day was held at the school where the former coach and referee used to work as the district treasurer, and it involved six schools and 22 teams of youth ranging from kindergarten students to sixth-graders.

"This is a play day, like we do each year for soccer," Brian Brandes, who helped organize the event, said. "Ninety-nine percent of the people walk away happy at a play day, and this is something that is all about fun for the kids. It's a chance for them to play, and we get a lot of volunteer help that helps to make it a great day."

Monies raised by the play day go to benefit the Jim Kordziel Memorial Scholarship.

"The scholarship goes to a student-athlete who excels on the court or field as well as shows strengths in academics and citizenship," Brandes said.

Along with his involvement in the Lake Placid school community, Kordziel also was the treasurer for eight years at the Westport Central School, one of the schools which sent teams to the event.

Kordziel died from a heart attack on Nov. 11, 2007 at the age of 51. He lived at Wilmington at the time. He was born in Ticonderoga and graduated from the Moriah Central School in 1974.

In all, Brandes said that the tournament raised just over $1,600 for the scholarship fund.

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